Iran to free woman among British sailors: ISNA

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will free a woman held among the 15 British sailors and marines it seized in the Gulf last week, the ISNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

ISNA said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini had confirmed reports the woman would be released either later on Wednesday or on Thursday.

A British diplomat in Tehran said the embassy had not heard anything officially about this from the Iranian side.

He said Britain’s ambassador to Iran was now in a meeting with a senior Iranian Foreign Ministry official, the third such meeting in as many days.

“We’ve seen media reports (about the woman to be freed),” he said. “We’ve had nothing officially.”

ISNA earlier quoted Hosseini as saying: “This issue (the case of the detained British navy personnel) will be solved in a calm atmosphere. We can not predict how long it is going to take.”

ISNA also said Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki had expressed hope on Tuesday that the crisis would be solved peacefully.