Ali Akbar Salehi

The seven aid workers taken hostage last July in Libya have been freed, Iranian foreign minister announced on Saturday.

ISNA reports that Ali Akbar Salehi said the Iranian relief workers were released after 65 days of intense negotiations with Libyan and Benghazi officials and handed over to Iranian embassy officials in Tripoli.

The Iranian foreign minister added that the hostages were all in good health and will be in Iran within a day.

IRNA quoted an informed official in Tehran saying the hostages will arrive in Iran on Sunday. The report indicates that the seven Iranian hostages who are Red Crescent workers have been flown from Tripoli to Istanbul and will be sent to Tehran Sunday morning.

The seven Iranians were abducted in August in Benghazi the day they arrived for humanitarian collaboration with the Libyan Red Crescent.