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Extremely complicated diplomatic efforts made Fr Tom's release

Press Trust of India  |  Kottayam 

Father Tom Uzhunnalil's release from the captivity of the Islamic State was made possible at the end of "extremely complicated diplomatic efforts" by India, Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam said here today.

He said hectic diplomatic efforts were made at various levels, including at the level of Prime Minister Modi and External Affairs Minister Minister Sushma Swaraj, to bring the priest back to safety.

"The release of Father Uzhunnalil was made possible at the end of extremely complicated diplomatic efforts," Alphons said.

He acknowledged the help that received from many countries, including Oman and Saudi Arabia, for the mission.

The Catholic priest from was rescued in Yemen yesterday, 18 months after he was abducted by Islamic State terrorists during a deadly attack on a care home in the port city of Aden in the war-ravaged country.

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First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 20:02 IST