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TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian diplomat seized two months ago in Iraq has been released, Iran's official news agency reported Tuesday, citing informed sources in Tehran.
Jalal Sharafi, the second secretary at the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad, will return to the Iranian capital later Tuesday, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
The report gave no indication of why or how Sharafi had been freed.
Originally posted by subz
Nice catch. The plot thickens.
There's a lot of quid pro quo going on lately. First Hicks getting released *just* in time to nullify it as an issue in the upcoming Australian federal election. Now this Iranian diplomat is released and Iran softens it's tone and drops the threat of putting the 15 British soldiers on trial.
The American's look like they're repaying quite a few political favours lately.
Report says kidnapped Iranian diplomat freed
U.S. forces in Iraq have arrested a number of Iranians, including diplomats, in the past and are still holding five.
Iran's official IRNA news agency said the Iraqi government was working to secure the release of the five Iranians.
"IRNA's reporter quoting Iraqi government sources said contacts have been going on for the release of the kidnapped Iranian diplomats," it said without giving more details.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
Who is running Iran Ahmadinejad or Khameini?
Iraq confirms kidnapped Iranian diplomat freed
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's foreign minister confirmed on Tuesday that an Iranian diplomat kidnapped in Baghdad two months ago had been released.
"I can confirm that he has been freed and is in good health," Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters.
Iraq pressing U.S. to release detained Iranians
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A senior Iraqi Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday that the government was "intensively" seeking release of five Iranians detained by the U.S. military more than two months ago in northern Iraq.
"We are intensively seeking the release of the five Iranians," the senior official said.
"This will be a factor that will help in the release of the British sailors and marines" held by Iran since March 25. (Watch signs Iran may be looking for way out of standoff )
The official also said that the Iraqi government had exerted pressure on those holding an Iranian diplomat, who was released Monday and returned to Tehran on Tuesday. The official would not say who had held the diplomat.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
You guys do realise that the Iranian "diplomat" that was released was not held by either the US, UK or Iraq. He was kidnapped two months ago by terrorist elements in Iraq and was held hostage by them..
Asked who had snatched the diplomat, Zebari said: "Only he knows who was holding him."