Sep 24, 2019, 3:20 PM
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Iranian sailor kept by Somalian pirates returns home

Tehran, Sept 24, IRNA – Iranian sailor Mohammad Sharif Panahande who was kept by pirates in Somalia arrived at Imam Khomeini International Airport on Tuesday.

Upon his arrival, he was welcomed by Hossein Jaberi Ansari, deputy foreign minister for Expatriates and Parliamentary affairs and managing director of Iranian Foreign Ministry for Africa Mahdi Aqa Jafari.

Earlier Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Mohammad Sharif Panahande will come home in cooperation with Iran's embassy in Ethiopia.

Mousavi expressed the hope that three other sailors captured by the pirates would be freed soon.

In 2015, the Iranian fishing boat was hijacked by pirates near the Somalian coast.

Earlier in 2018, four captives of the boat were released and came home.

Iran's Navy increased its presence in the international waters to ensure free shipping in the high seas and provide security for ships and tankers.

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