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Religious scholars to seek kidnapped Saudi official’s release

National Yemen

A photo of Yemeni clerics from the Salfi Conference

By NY Staff

Yemeni and Saudi religious scholars have commenced a new round of negotiations with Al-Qaeda militants to obtain release of Saudi Deputy Consul Abdullah Al-Khalidi, who was kidnapped in March of this year.

However, there has been no mention either of Al-Khalidi’s imminent release or of the identities of those undertaking the latest negotiations.

Al-Qaeda representatives denied any intention to release the Saudi consul unless they received a ransom of $20 million.

In March, police reported that Al-Khalidi had been kidnapped outside his home in Aden by armed men. More than one recorded message by Al-Khalidi seeking the Saudi’s king’s help in meeting his captor’s demands was released by Al-Qaeda.