Saudi envoy seized in Yemen urges king not to forget him

July 2, 2012 11:47


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DUBAI - A Saudi diplomat kidnapped by al-Qaida-linked militants in Yemen appealed to the Saudi king not to forget about him and meet his abductors' demand for the release of women prisoners, in a new video posted on the Internet.

Abdallah al-Khalidi, Saudi Arabia's deputy consul in the Yemeni port city of Aden, appeared in good health as he reiterated his appeal to King Abdullah and other senior members of the ruling family.

"I ask them: 'Why did you refuse the organization's demand to release those women from prison?' Don't forget me, my fate is linked to those women's," the diplomat said in the video posted late on Sunday in an Internet forum used by al-Qaida members.

It was the second video to show Khalidi since his capture in March. There was nothing in the video to indicate when it was recorded and its authenticity could not be verified.

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