Iran releases UAE and Egyptian citizens

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MOFAIC, announced on Wednesday, the release of seven UAE nationals, and two Egyptian citizens by Iranian authorities.

According to a ministry statement, the UAE received the individuals, who were held captive by Iran since the end of January 2019 following a fishing trip in the Arabian Gulf waters.

MOFAIC Under-Secretary, Ahmad Sari Al Mazroui, thanked the Critical National Infrastructure Authority, CNIA, and the UAE Coast Guard for their concerted efforts to secure the safe return of the individuals.

He affirmed that the Ministry had monitored the case since its start, and placed concerted efforts to organise and work with competent authorities to secure the return of the nine individuals to their families safely.