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U.S. Acknowledges Iranian Gratitude Over Rescue

Source: RFE/RL

The United States has acknowledged the Iranian government's statement welcoming the U.S. Navy's rescue of 13 Iranian fisherman from pirates the Persian Gulf.

An image released by the U.S. Navy shows the "USS Kidd" near the Iranian-flagged dhow "Al Molai," which reportedly issued distress call claiming a pirate attack.

Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for President Barack Obama's National Security Council, said counterpiracy is part of the mission of U.S. naval forces in and around the gulf.

He said Iran also shared the goal of combating piracy in the area.

A U.S. Navy image of a "USS Kidd" crew member embracing one of the fishermen whose Iranian-flagged "Al Molai" vessel and crew were saved from pirates on January 5 in the northern Arabian Sea.

The January 5 rescue was done by one of several warships escorting the U.S. aircraft carrier "USS John C. Stennis."

The Iranian government had earlier warned the carrier to stay out of the Persian Gulf.

But the Iranian government on January 7 praised the rescue of the fishermen, who had been held in captivity for around 45 days by pirates thought to be Somalis.

compiled from agency reports

Copyright (c) 2012 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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