Foreign Minister Urmas Paet Thanked European Union Colleagues for Support in Freeing Abducted Estonians
At the meeting of the European Union foreign ministers held today in Brussels, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet notified his colleagues that the seven Estonian citizens abducted in Lebanon on 23 March had been freed on 14 July and returned home to Estonia early on the morning of 15 July. “This very complicated situation, which went on for about four months, has reached a positive conclusion and the abducted men are back home with their families and loved ones,” said Paet.
Paet thanked the European Union, High Representative for the EU Catherine Ashton, the EU representations in Beirut and Damascus, and his colleagues in all European Union countries for their co-operation and help in finding and freeing the Estonian citizens. “This co-operation flowed effortlessly and is confirmation of the European Union states' support for one another, even in a complicated situation that is of importance to one member state,” Paet noted. “Estonia has received practical and positive confirmation of the fact that in countries where we do not have our own representation, we are still represented through the European Union,” he added.
His European Union colleagues expressed happiness over the fact that the complicated situation had a positive resolution and that the abducted Estonians are back home.