19 January 2013

Tunisia: Hostage in Amenas Freed - Presidency

Carthage — A Tunisian national, Rachid Neili, held hostage by an armed group at a gas plant in In Amenas (Algeria), is among hostages freed by the Algerian armed forces, announced on Saturday the Presidency of the Republic which received information from the Algerian authorities.

The Official Spokesman for the Presidency said a in statement that the Tunisian national is "in good health," "does not suffer any injury" and "has arrived at the seat of the company in which he works in Algiers".

"Tunisia, which voices full support to Algeria in the protection of its territory and the safety of its citizens, extends thanks to the Algerian authorities which are keen to guarantee the safety of Tunisian nationals," said the official spokesman for the Presidency.

He reminded that Tunisia had "warned against the possible effects of the Mali conflict on countries of the region, particularly, Maghreb countries."

"Tunisia calls on Arab Maghreb countries to co-ordinate their positions regarding the Malian crisis so as to minimise its adverse consequences on security in the region."

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