Tehran in Contact with Cairo about Iranian Nationals Rescued from Boat in Mediterranean

Speaking to IRNA on Friday, Saeed Khatibzadeh said the Egyptian police and the Arab country’s Foreign Ministry have called Iran’s interests section in Cairo to inform the country that the Egyptian Navy forces have rescued Iranian nationals on board of a vessel in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to Egyptian authorities, the Iranian survivors are now in Marsa Matruh and were planned to be transferred to Cairo, he added.

Unfortunately, none of the passengers had ID cards, but their identities were compatible with documents in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, Khatibzadeh added.

The Iranian people were on board a vessel traveling from Turkey to Europe and have been rescued after their vessel encountered a technical failure, the Iranian spokesman noted.

They seem to be kept in quarantine in Marsa Matruh, northwest of Egypt, he added, saying Iran appreciates the humanitarian measure taken by Egypt that saved the lives of 57 passengers on board of the wrecked vessel, including 29 Iranians.


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