TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the country’s embassy in Paris had announced readiness to cooperate with the French government to resolve Tuesday’s hostage-taking crisis in which the hostage-taker demanded to be put in touch with the Iranian embassy.
“Given the importance of human life and the humanitarian aspects of the case,” the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Paris had announced its readiness to assist and cooperate with the French government, Qassemi said in a statement released on Tuesday night.
Earlier in the day, a hostage-taker in Paris demanded to be put in touch with the Iranian Embassy to deliver a message to the French government, authorities said.
More than a dozen heavily-armed officers, firefighters and rescue workers were stationed outside the building where the hostages were being held.
The area was evacuated and the street, rue des Petites Ecuries, was cordoned off while negotiations were in progress.
France's interior minister later said the hostage-taker had been arrested and the hostages freed.
"The individual has been arrested and the hostages are out of danger," Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Twitter.
Police said the incident is not terror-related while French media reported that the individual was armed with a handgun.