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Iran urges Yemen to help free diplomat

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Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has called on Yemen to redouble efforts to secure the release of abducted Iranian diplomat Nour Ahmad Nikbakht.

According toPress TV, Nikbakht , an administrative staff member of the Iranian Embassy in Sana’a, was on his way to work from his home in the city’s diplomatic quarter on July 21 when unidentified gunmen blocked the road, forced him out of his vehicle and abducted him.

Amir-Abdollahian said Monday that the reports indicate that the diplomat is in good health, adding that joint efforts by Iran and Yemen are under way to secure his release.
He thanked the Yemeni government’s effective efforts but called on the country’s officials to increase efforts to immediately solve the issue of the abduction.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has already summoned the Yemeni chargé d’affaires twice to express Tehran’s grave concern over the fate of the diplomat and to remind Sana’a that it is responsible for Nikbakht’s safety.