Iraqi gov't told to step up efforts to release abducted Qataris

Qatar continues its diplomatic efforts to secure the release of 26 people kidnapped by gunmen in Iraq last month
Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohamed al-Attiyah. (Gettty Images)
By Staff writer
Wed 13 Jan 2016 02:01 PM

Qatar’s foreign minister has called on the Iraqi government to step up their efforts in securing the release of the citizens abducted while on a hunting trip last month.

Members of Qatar’s ruling family were among at least 26 people kidnapped by gunmen in Iraq four weeks ago and are still being held captive.

The kidnappers reportedly used more than 50 pick-up trucks mounted with machine guns when they attacked the hunters’ camp in Iraq, near the Saudi border, and kidnapped 26 of the group.

Following a meeting between Qatar and Kuwait officials in Doha, the joint high-level cooperation committee between the two countries issue a statement describing the kidnapping as a flagrant violation of international law and human rights, Qatar News Agency reported.

Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Qatar’s foreign minister, called on the Iraqi government to intensify efforts to secure release of the kidnapped Qataris in Iraq and ensure their safe return to Qatar.

The meeting expressed grave concern over the continuing abduction of a number of Qatari nationals in southern Iraq, who entered Iraq with official permission from the Iraqi Interior Ministry, in coordination with the Iraqi embassy in Doha.

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