Sana'a, July 2 (IANS) A Saudi diplomat, kidnapped by Yemen-based Al Qaeda wing three months ago, has made a fresh appeal to the Saudi king to ensure his release in exchange for prisoners as demanded, Xinhua reported Monday.
Abdullah al-Khaledi, Saudi Arabia's deputy consul in Yemen's port city of Aden, was abducted by the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) from outside his residential building March 28.
I appeal to King Abdullah and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal to secure my release, and I ask them why they refuse to meet Al-Qaeda's demand to free female prisoners in return for my release, Xinhua quoted Al-Khaledi as saying in a three-minute video.
My fate is tied to these jailed women, so release those jailed women and Al Qaeda will set me free ... I repeat, do not leave me to my unknown fate, he added.
In April, the terrorist group had demanded the release of militants in Saudi prisons in exchange for releasing Al-Khaledi.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia reopened its mission in Sana'a that had been closed since the kidnapping.