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Iran hails U.S. rescue of Iranian sailors

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9010-02266

TEHRAN (ISNA)-Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast welcomed the U.S. Navy's rescue of 13 Iranian fishermen held by captors, calling for all countries' cooperation to fight piracy.

The U.S. officials announced that the sailors had been rescued by the country's Navy destroyer on Thursday, more than 40 days after their boat was commandeered by suspected Somali pirates in the northern Arabian Sea.

The USS Kidd, the lead ship in her class of destroyers operated by the U.S. Navy has rescued the Iranian ship by responding the urgent message sent from the ship and arrested the pirates.

The captors used the ship as a major ship for their piracy operations.

Mehmanparast welcomed the U.S. Navy's rescue of 13 Iranian sailors held by pirates, calling the country’s measure a "positive action" and “humanitarian manner.”

He stressed, “It is the responsibility of all countries to fight against pirates since it happens continuously," noting that "Iran's Navy has itself freed many sailors held by pirates in recent years.”

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