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No ransom paid for release of priest, ‘complicated diplomatic’ efforts undertaken:India

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thiruvananthapuram: India today said no ransom was paid for the release of Keralite priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil from the captivity of Islamic State militants in Yemen and that "extremely complicated" diplomatic efforts were undertaken to secure his freedom.

The Catholic priest from Kerala was rescued in Yemen yesterday, over 18 months after he was abducted by Islamic State terrorists on March 6, 2016 during a deadly attack on a care home in the port city of Aden in the war-ravaged country. At least 15 people at the old-age home were killed in the attack.

Referring to the release of the priest, Union Minister V K Singh told reporters that the Ministry of External Affairs "works quietly without noise, but ultimately gets the work done."

"Release of Father Uzhunnalil yesterday underlines one thing that the Ministry of External Affairs works quietly and without noise, but ultimately gets the work done," said Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs.

The minister said "no" when asked at the news conference in Thiruvananthapuram whether any ransom was paid for the release of the priest.

"We know the type of criticism that had come couple of times when Father Uzhunnalil disappeared in Yemen. We are very happy that he has come back safely and I'm sure people will appreciate that we were able to get him out safe and sound."

On the role played by Oman, Singh said various methods were adopted to tackle the problem.

"If a direct method failed to yield results, indirect methods are adopted and the aim is to get the problem solved," he said.

It was for the priest to decide when he would come to India, Singh said responding to a question.

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