Yemen/French hostages’ release
Paris, November 14, 2011
Our three compatriots, who were taken hostage in Yemen on 28 May, are currently in Muscat, Oman. In the next few hours they will travel to France, where they will be swiftly reunited with their families, who have endured this ordeal with remarkable dignity.
All three are in good health. A Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs team is due to meet them.
This release, which follows more than five months of detention, is a moment of great joy and I wholeheartedly share the happiness and relief of the families.
I would like to warmly thank all those who contributed to this successful outcome and in particular the Sultan of Oman and the Omani authorities, whose assistance proved critical. I would also like to commend the action of all of the government departments which were fully mobilized from the first day and throughout these five months.
My thoughts are also with our five compatriots still being held hostage; we are continuing to work tirelessly to secure their release./.