British sailors to be freed
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the announcement at a press conference
The president made the vow in a press conference in
He said that he was pardoning the sailors as a gift to
"On behalf of the great Iranian people, I want to thank the Iranian Coast Guard who courageously defended and captured those who violated their territorial waters," the president told a press conference.
He added: "We are sorry that British troops remain in
Iraqand their sailors are being arrested in ." Iran
Ahmadinejad also criticised
for deploying Leading Seaman Faye Turney, one of the 15 detainees. Britain
"How can you justify seeing a mother away from her home, her children? Why don't they respect family values in the West?" he said.