Iran hails return of five diplomats as ”victory”
Five Iranian officials who were kidnapped over two years ago by American troops in Iraq returned to Tehran Sunday, where their release was described as a "victory." The five diplomats were met Sunday at the Iranian capital airport by a cheering crowd.
Iran's Foreign Minster Manouchehr Mottaki in a news conference with them welcomed the men back to Iran and hailed their "courageous resistance."
On Thursday, Iran's Ambassador to Baghdad Hassan Kazami-Qomi announced that the US had handed the five Iranians to the government of the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. According to the AP, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said earlier that the transfer, part of a U.S.-Iraq security pact, would help improve dialogue between the U.S. and Iran.