Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Hassan Ghashghavi on Thursday voiced hope for release of abducted Iranian diplomat in Yemen, IRNA reported.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a ceremony held to celebrate the martyrdom of an Iranian diplomat killed in Yemen in 2013, Ghashghavi noted that Iran will pursue efforts to secure Nour Ahmad Nikbakht's release, reiterating that he is in good health.
Nikbakht was on his way to work from his home in the diplomatic quarter of the Yemeni capital, Sana'a, on July 21, 2013, when unidentified gunmen blocked the road, forced him out of his vehicle and abducted him.
He has been detained in Yemen for more than a year.
On January 18, another staff member at the Iranian Embassy in Sana'a, Abolqasem Asadi, was gunned down by members of a terrorist group outside the Iranian ambassador's residence in the Yemeni capital.
The assailants first tried to kidnap the Iranian diplomat, but when they faced resistance, opened fire on him. The diplomat who was seriously injured passed away in hospital.