TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif promised constant diplomatic efforts to secure the release of Iranian nationals being kept in custody in foreign countries due to the US sanctions.

Zarif on Tuesday held a meeting with families of Iranian nationals who have been illegally imprisoned in different countries at the US government’s request and on charges of violating the US sanctions.

In the gathering, the minister briefed the families on the latest status of their loved ones, giving an assurance that legal and diplomatic measures are under way to secure their release.

Denouncing as “illegal and political” the arrest of Iranian nationals on charge of violation of US sanctions, Zarif said the Foreign Ministry will spare no effort to ensure the liberation of those who have been “held hostage” to get ransom.