Iran says following up on case of citizen arrested in Saudi Arabia during Hajj
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says his ministry is working diligently to secure the release of an Iranian citizen detained in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj pilgrimage, expressing hope that the issue will be resolved through cooperation of Saudi officials.
According to Press TV, during a meeting in Tehran on Thursday evening, Amir-Abdollahian briefed the father of the detained Iranian national Khalil Dardmand on the measures taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since he was arrested by Saudi forces in the holy city of Mecca last month.
The top diplomat expressed hope that Dardmand will be repatriated to Iran with the assistance of Saudi authorities.
Back on August 4, Amir-Abdollahian demanded the release of the Iranian citizen detained in Saudi Arabia during the Hajj pilgrimage over the phone with his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein.
During the conversation, the FM called on Hussein to follow up on the case of Dardmand and asked him to convey a message for his release, as Iraq has hosted several rounds of talks in Baghdad between representatives from Iran and Saudi Arabia as part of diplomatic rapprochement.
Last month, the top Iran diplomat appreciated the “constructive” role of Iraq in advancing regional dialogue and said there has been “progress” in the last five rounds of talks with Saudi Arabia.
Amir-Abdollahian said he had told Iraqi mediators that Tehran is ready for a new political and security phase with Riyadh, expressing hope that the measure would “eventually lead to normalization between Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Saudi Arabia have recently shown willingness through diplomatic channels and third parties to mend fences with Tehran and resume bilateral relations.