Osama bin Laden's daughter who has taken refuge at the Saudi mission in Tehran is free to leave Iran once her identity is confirmed, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was Friday quoted as saying.
A Saudi newspaper reported Wednesday that Bin Laden's 17-year-old daughter, Eman, went to the embassy after eluding guards in Iran who have held her, her sister and four brothers under house arrest for eight years.
British newspaper The Times reported 11 of bin Laden's grandchildren were also living in the high-security compound outside Tehran.
The Times quoted Omar bin Laden, 29, who it said was the Bin Laden's fourth-eldest son, as saying he had no idea that his brothers and sisters were still alive until they called him in November.
They told him how they had fled Afghanistan just before the 9/11 attacks and walked to the Iranian border. They were taken to a walled compound outside Tehran where guards said they were not allowed to leave "for their own safety".
His relatives are said to be living as normal a life as possible, cooking meals, watching television and reading, but they are allowed out on shopping trips only rarely.
The Times said Iman escaped from the compound during one such trip last month and fled to the Saudi embassy.
"A while ago the Saudi embassy here said the one of bin Laden's daughters is in the compound, so the foreign ministry told the embassy that based on international conventions if her identity is confirmed she can leave Iran with passage documents," ISNA quoted Mottaki as telling state television late Thursday.
"We were not able to confirm her identity but the embassy says she is" the daughter of bin Laden, he added.
Mottaki made no mention of the other Bin Laden children and he was not asked on the TV program whether Iran was holding them.
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