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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Iran diplomats to come home soon

Sat, 07 Mar 2009 19:32:28 GMT

Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham
Iran says the case of the Iranian diplomats kidnapped by US forces in Iraq's Kurdish city of Erbil in 2007 is drawing to a close.

Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said major efforts have been made to secure the release of the Iranian diplomats, adding, "the matter would soon be a closed cased".

"Soon we will witness the return of the kidnapped diplomats to the country," Elham said on Saturday.

The Iranian diplomats were abducted after American troops raided Iran's Consulate in Erbil on January 11, 2007. Two of the five were later released but three others are still being held by US forces without having stood trial.

Earlier this week Iraq's Deputy Foreign Minister, Labeed Abbawi said Iraq was working to prepare the grounds for the speedy return of the diplomats to Iran.

"I have been informed that US forces will hand over two of the three Iranian diplomats to Iraqi authorities within the next few days," the Iraqi official told Fars News Agency on Sunday.

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