Somali pirates release 18 sailors
13 January 2012, 17:26
Istanbul - The leaders of Georgia and Turkey have
welcomed 15 Georgian and three Turkish sailors who were released more
than a year after their Greek-owned ship was captured by Somali pirates.
President Mikhail Saakashvili and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip
Erdogan greeted the 18 sailors at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport on Friday.
They were released on Sunday.
The crew were taking the ship Olib
from Egypt to India when it was captured by pirates on September 08
2010. The ship, which was sailing under a Maltese flag, was to be
scrapped in India.
The leaders said Georgia and Turkey were
involved in "joint efforts" and diplomatic negotiations that secured the
It was not clear if any ransom was paid.
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