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Official: Foreign ministry continuing its efforts to obtain release Iranian diplomat abducted in Iraq

Tehran, Sept 5, IRNA -- Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi here Sunday said that the ministry is continuing its efforts to locate and obtain the release of an Iranian diplomat abducted in Iraq.

Fereydoun Jahani, an experienced diplomat with the Iranian Foreign Ministry, was abducted on August 4 by unknown men while he was on his way to Karbala to head Iran's consular mission there. Since then he has not been located and there have been no reports as to his whereabouts.

Speaking at his weekly press briefing, Asefi said the Iraqi delegation that recently visited Iran promised to follow up the case of the abducted diplomat.

He said the Iranian charge d'affaires in Iraq, who is active in the work there, is also doing all he can to facilitiate Jahani's release and that he was hopeful the Iranian diplomat would be released soon.

"According to our information, Jahani is alive and in good health," Asefi added.

On the outcome of the Iraqi delegation's visit to Iran, he said the results were positive.

As to the accusations the Islamic Republic of Iran is interfering in the domestic affairs of neighboring Iraq, Asefi said there are no written evidences to support these accusations.

On the fate of Imam Moussa Sadr, leader of the Lebanese Shiites who went missing during a visit to Libya in 1978, he said Tehran has over the years exerted tremendous effort to locate Imam Sadr.

Tehran is doing all that it can to discover what happened to him, he said, adding that it will continue to do so as knowing the fate of the Lebanese grand cleric is of vital importance.

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