Iran thanks US for naval rescue operation

Iran on Saturday applauded the US's rescue of 13 Iranians held hostage for weeks by pirates in the Arabian Sea, calling it a "humanitarian and positive" act.The rescue operation took place on Thursday by the same US aircraft carrier group that Iran warned not to return to the Gulf. Speaking with Iran's Arabic-language broadcaster Al-Alam, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said that  "we consider the actions of the US forces in saving the lives of Iranian seamen to be a humanitarian and positive act and we welcome such behavior."
"We think all nations should display such behavior," AFP quoted him as saying.
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