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Iran: Diplomat Held In Iraq Has Been Released

From the Iranian news agency IRNA:

Iraqi soldiers man a checkpoint at the entrance of Baghdad’s impoverished Shiite Muslim neighbourhood of Sadr City, February 2007. The Iranian embassy in Baghdad said on Tuesday that its second secretary, Jalal Sharafi, who had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital in February had been released.

Abducted Iranian diplomat released

Tehran, April 3, IRNA

Jalal Sharafi, Second Secretary of Iran’s Embassy in Iraq, who was abducted in Baghdad on Feb 4, was released Tuesday.

An informed source told IRNA today that Sharafi is to return to Tehran this afternoon.  

Followed by this blurb, also from IRNA:

Released Iranian diplomat returns to Tehran

Tehran, April 3, IRNA

Jalal Sharafi, second secretary of Iran’s Embassy in Iraq, who was abducted in Baghdad on February 4, arrived in Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport after being released on Tuesday.

Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and a number of the ministry’s officials welcomed Sharafi at the airport.

I’d hate to think that Mr. Sharafi has been released as some kind of quid pro quo for the 15 British sailors and marines who the Iranians are holding.

But it has always seemed odd how seldom the recent capture of Iranian “diplomats” has been mentioned as a possible motive for the Iranians action.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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