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Iran frees two Kuwaitis cleared of spying charges

Move may be sign Persian country is seeking to soothe relations with the Gulf states

Iran frees two Kuwaitis cleared of spying charges
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Persian state held a meet last week with Saudi Arabia

Iran has released two Kuwaitis held for a month, clearing
them of spying, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Sunday.

The arrests took place amid tense relations between Shi'ite
Muslim Iran and its Sunni Arab neighbours following unrest in Bahrain by
majority Shi'ites, which Manama had blamed on Tehran.

The release of the men came after discussions between the
foreign ministers of both countries, Kuwaiti media reported.

Mehr quoted Iran's ambassador to Kuwait, Ruhollah Qahremani,
as saying the men had illegally worked as journalists in Iran while travelling
on tourist visas, but speculation they were spies had been wrong.

In a sign Iran is seeking to soothe relations with the Gulf
Arab states
, Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi met Saudi Crown Prince Nayef
last week - the first official contact since the United States accused the
Islamic republic of backing a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington.