TEHRAN, YJC. FM official says Yemeni authorities have identified the kidnappers of an Iranian diplomat who was abducted in Yemen last July.
"Yemeni officials have announced that the people or groups behind abduction of [Nour Ahmad] Nikbakht have been identified, and that his whereabouts and other details are also being investigated,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Iranian Expatriates Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said on Saturday.
The Iranian official added that a delegation led by Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian would most likely travel to Yemen to follow up the case, Press TV reports.
He further noted that officials from the Iranian Foreign Ministry are seriously pursuing the case.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on February 4 that the Iranian diplomat abducted in Yemen is in good health.
On February 2, Yemeni charge d’affaires to Tehran, Abdullah Ali al-Seri, said Nikbakht is alive and in good health, emphasizing that Yemen’s Interior Ministry and security forces are responsible for investigating the fate of the abducted Iranian diplomat.
Nikbakht was on his way to work from his home in the diplomatic quarter of Sana’a on July 21, 2013, when unidentified gunmen blocked the road, forced him out of his vehicle and abducted him.