Canadians released from prison
Oct 5, 2013 / 8:20 pm
CAIRO - Foreign Affairs says Canadians John Greyson and Dr.Tarek Loubani have been released from prison in Egypt.
The two had been detained since August 16.
Lynne Yelich, the minister of state for Foreign Affairs issued a statement Saturday night saying Canada welcomes the decision to release Loubani and Greyson.
“I look forward to Dr. Loubani and Mr. Greyson being reunited with their families and friends, who have shown tremendous strength during this difficult time,`` the statement said.
Yelich says she and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird had been in contact with senior Egyptian officials on numerous occasions concerning the case, and that Canada`s embassy in Egypt worked tirelessly to secure the release of two Canadians.
The statement says Canadian officials are facilitating the departure of Loubani and Greyson from Egypt, and will continue to offer consular services to them and their families as needed.
Yelich also expressed appreciation to Egyptian authorities for providing consular access to the Canadians during their detainment.
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