Iran releases two Kuwaitis, says they were not spies

By REUTERS
December 18, 2011 11:04

 
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TEHRAN - Iran has released two Kuwaitis held for a month, clearing them of spying, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Sunday.

The arrests took place amid tense relations between Shi'ite Muslim Iran and its Sunni Arab neighbors following unrest in Bahrain by majority Shi'ites, which Manama had blamed on Tehran.

The release of the men came after discussions between the foreign ministers of both countries, Kuwaiti media reported.

Mehr quoted Iran's ambassador to Kuwait, Ruhollah Qahremani, as saying the men had illegally worked as journalists in Iran while traveling on tourist visas, but speculation they were spies had been wrong.

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