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17 Iranian sailors released by Somalia

Tehran, A number of imprisoned sailors who had been arrested on charges of trespassing into Somalia's waters in late 2017 were released and returned to Iran on Thursday.

Following the efforts by the Iranian foreign ministry and Tehran's embassy in Kenya, 17 sailors who had illegally entered Somalia's territorial waters in October 2017 and were sentenced to two years in jail by a local court and were also fined were freed and handed over to the Iranian embassy in Nairobi.

The freed sailors were later returned to Iran by airplane and were welcomed by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Panahi Azar at Imam Khomeini International Airport.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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