12 Georgian sailors were freed from pirate captivity
It became known today that negotiations of Sakartvelo's authorities with Somali pirates for the release of captured Georgian sailors and the ship itself were held successful. As reported by the GHN, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Giorgi Karbelashvili said this today at a briefing. He explained that the abductors have released both the ship itself, and the crew, which is consisted, inter alia, of 12 citizens of Georgia.
"We have been in touch with the abductors from the first minute, and international organizations and the government have done everything for the release of the sailors. This morning at 6:00, all 12 citizens of Georgia were released and they will arrive to Georgia a few days later", said Karbelashvili.
Earlier it was reported that another "portion" of Georgian sailors was captured by Somali pirates. As reported by Trend, 12 citizens of Sakartvelo were seized by Somali pirates at a vessel owned by the Ship management Bhatia. The vessel floated under Marshall Islands flag, it was seized by pirates off the coast of Nigeria a few days ago.
On the board, there were also citizens of other countries, the owners of the Ship management Bhatia explained in an interview. The sailors are all right, they have a contact with the pirates, the company added. Currently, they are negotiating on the possible release of trapped sailors and the vessel.
It is worth mentioning that 15 sailors from Georgia are still captive by Somali pirates for more than a year. All negotiations for their release were fruitless.