Saudi FM urges Iran to allow Bin Laden’s daughter to leave


Saudi Arabia urged Iran on Saturday to allow a daughter of Osama Bin Laden , who fled house arrest and sought refuge in the Saudi embassy in Tehran, to leave the country if she wishes.

Iman bin Laden and five siblings had been held in Tehran since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat reported last month. Iman, 17, escaped during a rare trip outside in November and made her way to the embassy, the paper said.

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told a news conference in Riyadh that Iman should be allowed to leave Iran.

“We consider this to be a purely humanitarian issue and we are in talks with the Iranian government to treat it as such and leave the choice of leaving to the girl,” he said. Reuters



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