Baku, Azerbaijan, April 8
By Emil Ilgar - Trend:
Iran confirms the release of 11 crew members of Iranian fishing vessel which entered the Indian waters illegally, and got detained.
"Iran and India have negotiated the issue since the arrest of fishermen last summer and they were released, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs Ebrahim Rahimpour told State TV IRINN on April 8.
The Consulate General of Iran in Hyderabad has issued travel documents for the fishermen. They will be paid for by the Indian government, The New India Express reported previously.
The official with the Foreign Regional Registration Office (FRRO) said that while the 10 crew members have been freed several weeks ago, they decided to travel along with the vessel's captain, who was facing the court trial. The official added that the crew will first fly to Dubai, then board another plane to Tehran.
Meanwhile, the Pakistani crew member will have to wait until the Pakistan Embassy responds regarding him leaving for his country.