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Gulf officials condemn continued imprisonment of kidnapped Qataris in Iraq

GCC Ministerial Council has called on the Iraqi government to take responsibility for the hostages and their release

Gulf officials condemn continued imprisonment of kidnapped Qataris in Iraq
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Gulf officials have repeated their condemnation and “grave concern” over the kidnapping of 26 Qataris who went hunting in southern Iraq in December last year when they were captured by armed gunmen who broke into their camp.

At a session held in New York, the GCC Ministerial Council called the kidnapping a “terrorist act” and “violation of international law and human rights” and urged for the group to be released, reported Qatar News Agency.

It also said the incidence distressed the friendly relations between the Arab countries as the nationals had entered Iraq with official permission from the Iraqi Interior Ministry and in coordination with the Iraqi embassy in Doha. 

The Council also called on the Iraqi government to take action and responsibility for the release and return of the hostages.

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