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Alessandro Spadotto, the carabiniere officer kidnapped in Yemen on Sunday, has been released

The Foreign Ministry can confirm that Alessandro Spadotto, the carabinieri officer serving at the Italian Embassy in Yemen and kidnapped on Sunday 30 July, has been released. He is now on his way back to the capital, Sana’a.

Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi has been following the case from the earliest stages of the kidnapping and has been in constant contact with his Yemeni colleague, Al Qirbi. He has expressed “immense satisfaction over the rapid solution of the case, made possible by the extraordinary collaboration provided by the authorities in Sana’a”.

“This success”, added Terzi, “is once again the result of the tenacious work and great professionalism of the officials of the Farnesina’s Crisis Unit and of all the state structures involved in the case”.