Freed Kuwaitis re­turn home from Iran

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Four Kuwaitis ar­rested sev­eral days ago in Iran’s south­west­ern re­gion of Ah­vaz re­turned to Kuwait yes­ter­day. The four were re­leased on Mon­day and handed over to the Kuwaiti Em­bassy in Tehran. They were wel­comed yes­ter­day at Kuwait air­port by fam­ily and friends, along with se­nior of­fi­cials.

As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter for Con­sular Af­fairs Sami Al-Ha­mad con­grat­u­lated the gov­ern­ment and cit­i­zens over the re­lease of the four men. He said the for­eign min­istry, on the in­struc­tions of For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah and Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Al-Jar­al­lah, made di­rect con­tacts with the Ira­nian author­i­ties for the speedy re­lease of the Kuwaitis. He lauded the ef­forts ex­erted by all sides, par­tic­u­larly prais­ing the ma­jor role played by Kuwaiti diplo­mats in Iran.

Kuwait had sum­moned the Ira­nian am­bas­sador on Fri­day and de­manded the re­lease of the men. Kuwaiti news­pa­per Al-Rai had 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

KUWAIT: Four Kuwaitis who were ar­rested sev­eral days ago in Iran are wel­comed at Kuwait air­port by fam­ily and friends and se­nior of­fi­cials yes­ter­day. — KUNA

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