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German hostages in Yemen free

19.12.2008 - Press release

The three German nationals taken hostage in Yemen on 14 December are now free. In this connection Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier today (19 December) issued the following statement:

"I am very relieved the three German nationals taken hostage in Yemen are now free.

They are in safe hands and being looked after at the German Embassy in Sana'a. Their condition is as good as can be expected under the circumstances.

I would like to pay tribute to all those who helped bring about their release, especially the members of the crisis unit at the Federal Foreign Office and the Embassy in Sana'a as well as the Federal Intelligence Service and the Federal Criminal Police Office.

In particular I would like to thank the Yemeni authorities, who right up to the President worked extremely hard to secure the hostages' release".

This evening Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier telephoned Yemen's Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Mujawar to thank him on behalf of the German Government for the hostages' safe return.

In the interest of all concerned the Federal Foreign Office does not comment on the details of their release and repatriation.

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