TonyBlair, the British prime minister, has said that the release of 15 Navypersonnel held by
TheBritish leader made the remarks on Thursday just after a planecarrying the 15 from
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They werefreed "without any deal, without any negotiation, without any sideagreement of any nature," Blair said, making a statement outsidehis
OnWednesday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, said the 15 were to be'pardoned' and released.
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"Underthe influence of the Muslim Prophet, [
Ahmadinejadalso told the news conference that
The 15were again shown on Iranian television before their departure, celebratingand again apologising for entering Iranian waters.
Theirrelease coincides with the release in
Iranianstate media also said five Iranian officials captured by US forces in northern
The 15British personnel, seized by
TonyBlair, the British prime minister, welcomed the decision to freethe personnel and thanked allies in Europe, the UN Security Council andthe
Blairalso said the situation had opened up "new and interesting"lines of communication between
Ali Akbar Velayati, a former foreign minister and now advisor to supremeleader Ali Khamenei, said
"TheIslamic Republic of Iran showed that it will defend its territorialintegrity and has no fear," he said.
The decision to release the detainees came after
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