Fr Uzhunnalil could be released soon: Sushma Swaraj

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A Catholic priest kidnapped in Yemen last year is alive and could be released soon, a Salesians information service reported India’s foreign minister as saying.

Sushma Swaraj made the comment during recent talks with a delegation from the Salesian religious order, which asked her to ensure the swift release of fellow Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was kidnapped in Yemen more than a year ago.

The minister also reportedly told the group that securing his freedom was among the highest priorities of the government.

According to Indian Salesians’ news portal, Bosco Information Service, the minister said she felt for the “unimaginable trauma and suffering” Father Uzhunnalil has endured.

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