Australia calls on Iran to treat detained travel blogging couple 'humanely'

Thu 12 Sep 2019 at 18:51 International

NNA - Australia on Thursday called on Tehran to treat "humanely" three of its citizens detained in Iran, as it emerged that two of those arrested were a travel-blogging couple on an overland trip to Britain.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said she had raised the cases "many times" with her Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, including as recently as last week.

"The government has been making efforts to ensure they are treated fairly, humanely and in accordance with international norms," she said, adding that there was "no reason" to believe the arrests were politically motivated.

Perth-based Jolie King and Mark Firkin had been documenting their journey from home to Britain on social media for the past two years but went silent after posting updates from Kyrgyzstan and Pakistan about 10 weeks ago.

"Our families hope to see Mark and Jolie safely home as soon as possible," a statement released on behalf of their relatives said.

Before setting off, the couple had written on their blog that they "can't wait to share all of our experiences and the beauty of all the different destinations and countries we will be visiting".--AFP

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