Authorities in the Philippines succeeded on Wednesday in releasing the Kuwaiti hostage, Ahmad Al-Kanderi, an official source of the Foreign Ministry said. The source said the Kuwaiti embassy was assured about his health condition, but indicated that Al- Kanderi was still in hands of the authorities for interrogations about circumstances of his recent abduction, and that he would be handed over later to the diplomatic mission. He praised efforts of the authorities, namely the foreign minister, that coordinated with the Kuwaiti authorities to secure his freedom. The ministry source also thanked Kuwait’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister and the security chiefs who had exerted efforts for Al-Kanderi’s freedom. The embassy would organize Al- Kanderi’s departure to Kuwait as soon as possible after his expected hand-over to the mission by the local authorities in the Philippines.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent Wednesday a cable to the family of the freed Kuwaiti hostage in Philippines Ahmad Al-Kanderi. In his cable, HH the Amir congratulated the family on the safe release of their beloved son, wishing Al-Kanderi’s immediate return to his homeland and family. HH Sheikh Sabah lauded the efforts exerted by Kuwaiti foreign and interior ministers and their Philippines counterparts to secure the release of Al-Kanderi. HH the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables to Al-Kanderi’s family.— KUNA