France calls for safe release of Yemen hostages

13th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 13, 2006 (AFP) - France on Wednesday repeated its call for four French tourists kidnapped and threatened with death by tribesmen in Yemen to be released unharmed.

PARIS, Sept 13, 2006 (AFP) - France on Wednesday repeated its call for four French tourists kidnapped and threatened with death by tribesmen in Yemen to be released unharmed.

"We hope a positive outcome can be reached quickly, allowing our compatriots to be freed safe and sound," foreign ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei told reporters.

He said the foreign ministry and the French embassy in Sanaa were "fully mobilised" to secure the release of the four Frenchmen, who were abducted in Yemen's southeastern Shabwa province on Sunday.

"We are in permanent contact with the Yemeni authorities, which are themselves in contact with the kidnappers," Mattei said.

The tourists' captors have tried to use them to put pressure on the government to free jailed members of their tribe.

Yemeni authorities said Wednesday they would give the tribesmen "two or three days" before trying to free the hostages by force. A tribal source said the kidnappers had threatened to kill the tourists if force is used.

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