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Iran ready to help locate flight MH370 airplane, says envoy – Bernama

A printout of Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, an Iranian youth who used a stolen Austrian passport on flight MH370. Iran has offered its services in helping to locate flight MH370. – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 11, 2014.A printout of Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, an Iranian youth who used a stolen Austrian passport on flight MH370. Iran has offered its services in helping to locate flight MH370. – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 11, 2014.Iran said today it is ready to provide Malaysia any kind of assistance in finding the missing MH370 airplane.

Ambassador to Malaysia Mohammad Jalal Firouznia said: "The most important thing is Iran stands on the side of Malaysia. We are ready to cooperate and collaborate with Malaysia to do whatever we can."

He told Bernama in an interview that he had a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin and they discussed "generally and politically" on the incident.

He said he conveyed Iran's readiness to exchange any information, including regarding the two Iranians who had boarded the flight using fake passports. 

The ambassador said the two Iranians, identified as Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad, 19, and Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza, 29, had left Iran on February 22 with Iranian passports. He said both men had obtained visas from the Malaysian embassy in Tehran for their visit to Malaysia, adding that they flew to Kuala Lumpur through Doha, Qatar.

"The rest of the issues, for example the Austrian passport and, of course, tickets to China and others were provided for him in Malaysia. The same goes for Delavar Syed Mohammad Reza," he said.

He said he was waiting for any information from the Malaysian government and authorities regarding the two Iranian citizens through formal channels. 

"We are awaiting any kind of information on the investigation from the Malaysian authorities, or Interpol, or any department, to clear the situation," he said.

Reports stated that Pouria had used an Austrian passport to travel to Germany where he was to meet his mother, while Delavar Syed Mohammed had used a stolen Italian passport. It was reported that the tickets were purchased from a Thai travel agency. 

The ambassador said that Iran's Foreign Affairs Ministry in Tehran was keeping in touch with Pouria's father. As for Delavar Syed Mohammed, he said that so far no one had approached the ministry regarding his status. 

"Nobody (his relatives) has come to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Iranian authorities to make any claim. However, we are still investigating," he said.  – Bernama, March 14, 2014.

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