Iraq ambassador praises Paris, Baghdad hostage efforts

22nd December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 22 (AFP) - Iraq's ambassador in France on Wednesday said that joint efforts made by the French and Iraqi governments had made a significant contribution to the release of the French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot.

PARIS, Dec 22 (AFP) - Iraq's ambassador in France on Wednesday said that joint efforts made by the French and Iraqi governments had made a significant contribution to the release of the French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot.

"Joint efforts, deployed by both our friendly countries, made a significant contribution to this release. We are confident that this happy event will be a step forward in strengthening bilateral relations," Mowafak Abbud told AFP.

"We welcome the liberation of the two French journalists, who will now be able to spend the festive period with their families," he added.

Malbrunot and Chesnot were freed Tuesday after being held for more than four months by a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq.

The group said it had freed them because of France's stance against the US-led war in Iraq and their own support for Palestinian statehood, the Arabic television station Al-Jazeera reported.

© AFP

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