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UAE-based newspaper’s correspondent detained in Iran

The National’s Editor-in-Chief Mohammad al-Otaiba, said: “Yeganeh is a highly valued foreign correspondent of ours

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A foreign correspondent for UAE-based newspaper The National has been detained in Iran for the past two weeks for unknown reasons, according to the newspaper.

Salehi was detained on July 22, along with her husband Jason Rezaian -dual U.S.-Iranian citizen - who is a correspondent for The Washington Post.

The National’s Editor-in-Chief Mohammad al-Otaiba, said: “Yeganeh is a highly valued foreign correspondent of ours.

“Her reports from Iran — which at times have been facilitated by the Iranian government — have provided notable insights into the country, helping explain Iran to its neighbors in the Gulf.

“We don’t believe they could in any way be construed as anti-Iranian, nor have they dealt with sensitive security matters. We sincerely hope that Yeganeh is being well-treated and that she is released soon. We want her back doing what she does so well: reporting on a country that she loves.”

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, Gholam Hossein Esmaili, the director general of Tehran Province’s Justice Department, confirmed on July 25 that Rezaian had been detained.

Iranian officials have not, however, commented on Salehi’s detention.