UAE releases arrested Iranian teachers
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 17
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Nine Iranian teachers, who were arrested on Oct. 7 by the UAE police due to problems with their visas, have been released, says an Iranian official.
The teachers, sent to work at Iranian schools in the United Arab Emirates, were released last night, Rasul Papaie, an official with Iran's education ministry said Oct. 17, Tasnim news agency reported.
He further said the teachers were released on bail until their case is resolved.
Papaie added that the Iranian schools will continue their activities in the UAE.
The UAE says the arrested teachers were only permitted to work in Dubai and no permission was issued for working in Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, Iranian Ambassador to Abu Dhabi Mohammad Reza Fayyaz said the Iranian embassy took the necessary steps to safeguard settling the administrative problems regarding the issue.
He expressed hope that once the problems are resolved the Iranian schools will continue their activity firmly.
On Oct. 11, Iran's foreign ministry summoned the UAE chargé d'affaires in the Islamic Republic over the arrest of the Iranian teachers, asking the envoy to take urgent measures for their release.
Iranian media outlets reported that 13 Iranian female teachers were also summoned to a court in the UAE due to same problem and may be arrested as well.
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