Iran re­leases four Kuwaitis held in Ah­vaz

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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

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