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May 12, 2021

MAE: Crisis cell managing situation of Ghergut takes note of video recording with him

The inter-institutional crisis cell who manages the situation of Iulian Ghergut, who was kidnapped in Burkina Faso, took note of a video with him that aired on Sunday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) stated in a reply to a request of AGERPRES.

“The inter-institutional crisis cell who manages the situation of Romanian citizen Iulian Ghergut, who was kidnapped in Burkina Faso, took note of a video with the Romanian citizen, that aired on 02 July 2017. The release into the public space of such message enters in the usual pattern of such situations. The inter-institutional crisis cell is working round the clock in order to manage the situation,” the MAE states.

Furthermore, the MAE mentions that the Romanian authorities keep in touch with the authorities in charge of the states of whose citizens were taken hostages.

“The Foreign Affairs Ministry reiterates the recommendation of handling the elements regarding this case into the public space with all the precaution, given its specific and sensitive character,” the MAE added.

According to the MAE, the inter-institutional crisis cell that manages the situation of the Romanian citizen kidnapped in Burkina Faso, established according to the “Communication and action methodology for institutions in charge of managing terrorist attacks situations in which Romanian citizens, who are outside Romania’s soil are involved,” approved by the CSAT [Romania’s Supreme Council of National Defence], on 3 July 2013, continues the efforts for the release of the Romanian citizen, through its component institutions, according to the jurisdiction of each.

“The inter-institutional crisis cell convened by the MAE on 4 April 2015 is working round the clock for managing the situation, putting all the efforts for the release of the Romanian citizen. The Crisis Cell will continue its activity in the same regime and will further collaborate with Romania’s international partners. Under its coordination, the Romanian diplomatic missions in the region are permanently in touch with the local authorities in charge. Moreover, representatives of the Crisis Cell are keeping in touch both with the employing company and the family of the Romanian citizen,” the MAE mentions.

The Al-Qaeda branch in Mali has released a video with six foreign hostages, including Australian Arthur Kenneth Elliott, aged 82, French Sophie Peronin and Romanian Iulian Ghergut, the SITE, an US centre specialised in monitoring Islamic Internet websites announced on Sunday, according to the AFP.

The 16 minutes and 50 seconds undated recording, has been released to the public through the Telegram message app by the jihadist group “Islam and Muslims Support Group.”

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