Iran releases four Kuwaitis held in Ahvaz
KUWAIT: Kuwaiti Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled AlJarallah yesterday said four Kuwaiti citizens detained in Iran’s Ahvaz have been released. “The Kuwaiti citizens have been set free and handed over to the Kuwaiti Embassy in Iran. They are expected to return to the country (Kuwait) tomorrow (Tuesday),” Jarallah said in a press statement.
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs had summoned the Iranian ambassador in Kuwait for a meeting with the ministry’s officials over the fate of the detained citizens. Earlier on Saturday, Jarallah commended Iranian authorities’ cooperation over the detention of the Kuwaitis.
An official source at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs also lauded Iranian authorities’ cooperation over the release of the Kuwaitis. Iranian authorities have just handed over the four Kuwaiti citizens to the charge d’affaires at the Kuwaiti Embassy in Tehran, the source said in a press statement. The source assured that the released citizens are fine and would be sent back to Kuwait today by a Kuwait Airways plane.
Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai reported the four were on a fishing trip when they strayed into Iranian waters and were detained on Friday.
Kuwait recalled its ambassador from Tehran in January after relations were broken off between Saudi Arabia and Iran following attacks on the kingdom’s missions. A Kuwaiti and an Iranian were sentenced to death in January by a court in Kuwait for spying for Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group. — Agencies