Iranian FM Urges Red Cross to Pursue Fate of Kidnapped Iranians in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi asked President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Peter Maurer to follow up on the fate of the abducted Iranian nationals in Syria and other world countries, given the humanitarian duties of the ICRC.


At the meeting held on the sidelines of the 16th Heads-of-State Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) here in Tehran on Friday, the two officials exchanged views on mutual cooperation.

Salehi underlined the necessity of pursuing Iran's kidnapped citizens in Syria and other world regions by the ICRC, and laid emphasis on continued cooperation between Iran and the ICRC.

Maurer, for his part, voiced his organization's preparedness to continue cooperation with Iran and launch comprehensive efforts to follow up on the conditions and fate of the Iranian nationals abducted in different world countries.

48 Iranian pilgrims were abducted in Syria last month, while 7 Iranian aid workers were kidnapped in Libya a month earlier.

While the 7 aid workers are reportedly in good health conditions and spoke with their families just this morning and after two months, there are still no reliable report on the fate of the 48 pilgrims kidnapped in Syria.

The Libyan Red Crescent said in a statement that armed men have kidnapped a seven-member delegation from the Iranian Red Crescent visiting Benghazi.

The Iranians were heading to the Tibesti hotel when an armed group intercepted them.

They were loaded into a different car and whisked away to an unknown location, the statement added.

The driver of the vehicle, a local volunteer, was not taken.