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Foreign Ministry announcement

15.07.2011

No. 248-E

The Estonian Air charter flight that headed to Beirut yesterday evening is now on its way back to Tallinn with the seven freed Estonians on board. The plane will arrive at Tallinn Airport at 3:45 in the morning.

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet just met with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati in Beirut. At the meeting, the foreign minister thanked the Lebanese leaders and representatives of state authorities for their co-operation in liberating the seven abducted Estonians. Prime Minister Mikati said that this is also a joyous day for Lebanese society.

Foreign Minister Paet stated that Estonia is very grateful to all its other partners who worked together to free the Estonians abducted in Lebanon and helped and supported Estonia in various ways. “In addition to Lebanon and the countries in the region, we would like to extend special thanks to France and Germany for their help. We are also thankful for the help of the United States and Turkey,” said Paet. “Co-operation was also successful with Great Britain, Romania, the European Union representation, Norway, Sweden, Kazakhstan, the Netherlands, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Russia, Finland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, and Bulgaria,” he added.

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