Publishe Date: 8:31 PM - 8/9/2012 | Print

Iran to Send Delegation to Libya to Pursue Fate of Kidnapped Aid Workers

Politics - The Iranian foreign ministry announced that it will send a delegation to Libya to pursue the fate of the 7 Iranian Red Crescent workers who were abducted in the Eastern city of Benghazi last week.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs Hassan Qashqavi is slated to travel to Libya soon to look into the case of Iranian aid workers kidnapped in that country.

In his visit to Tripoli, Qashqavi will lead a delegation from the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) members.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian has already called on the Libyan officials to take due measures to release the abducted Iranians.

The Libyan Red Crescent said in a statement earlier this month 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. The delegation arrived in Libya early August at the invitation of the Libyan Red Crescent.
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