French hostage Is­abelle Prime freed in Ye­men

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

French­woman Is­abelle Prime, who has been freed af­ter nearly six months of cap­tiv­ity in Ye­men, ar­rived in Oman on Fri­day be­fore she re­turns to Paris to be wel­comed by her “un­be­liev­ably happy” fa­ther.

The 30- year- old, who worked as a con­sul­tant on a World Bank- funded pro­ject in Ye­men, was re­leased late Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by the French pres­i­dency, and was poised to re­turn to France as soon as pos­si­ble.

She is cur­rently un­der French pro­tec­tion, the state­ment said, with­out giv­ing fur­ther de­tail on when or where she would ar­rive back in the coun­try.

There is no con­fir­ma­tion yet on the iden­tity of her kid­nap­pers.

The of­fi­cial ONA news agency in Oman said she ar­rived there early Fri­day from Ye­men.

The Omani for­eign min­istry said ef­forts by the Gulf na­tion “in co­or­di­na­tion with cer­tain Ye­meni par­ties” had helped track her down.

“I’m un­be­liev­ably happy. She’s in good health but I don’t have any fur­ther de­tails,” her fa­ther Jean-Noel told AFP.

He said he was leav­ing “pretty quickly” from Angers in western France, to travel the 300 kilo­me­ters (190 miles) to the French cap­i­tal to welcome his daugh­ter home.

Is­abelle was seized with her trans­la­tor on Feb. 24 as they were driv­ing to work in the cap­i­tal Sanaa. Her trans­la­tor Sher­ine Makkaoui was freed in March.

France has made “ev­ery ef­fort to achieve this happy out­come,” the pres­i­dency state­ment said, adding that Paris “ex­presses its grat­i­tude to all those who worked on this so­lu­tion, in­clud­ing the Sultan Qa­boos Bin Said, Sultan of Oman.”

Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande “shares the joy of the fam­ily of Is­abelle, who have demon­strated great courage and great re­spon­si­bil­ity dur­ing the long wait,” it said.

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