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Cameroonian president praises hostages

Updated: 2014-10-14 04:29

YAOUNDE - Cameroonian President Paul Biya on Monday praised 27 former hostages including 10 Chinese and 17 Cameroonians for their courage and endurance during their long detention.

They were released on Saturday after several months of detention. The 10 Chinese workers and 17 Cameroonians including the wife of Vice-Prime Minister Amadou Ali were kidnapped in the Far North Region separately on May 16-17 and July 27 by suspected Boko Haram Islamic militants from Nigeria.

"This day is a day of joy," Biya said while receiving the former hostages in Presidential Palace. He expressed

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 the government's determination to fight the militants "until its total eradication."

Chinese Ambassador Wo Ruidi said, "Despite extremely harsh conditions of their captivity, our 10 compatriots always kept the faith that the governments of Cameroon and China would come to their rescue. With this faith, the 10 compatriots showed great courage."

The ambassador said after the kidnapping incident took place, the Chinese authorities had mobilized the resources needed for their release "as soon as possible."

"Terrorism is a major threat to peace and security in the world today. China opposes terrorism in all its forms...China is ready to work with all countries, including Cameroon, to fight against terrorism," Wo said.

The ambassador thanked President Paul Biya and concerned parties in Cameroon for the successful release of the hostages.

Wo said China maintains good relations with Cameroon. He said the successful release of the hostages proves again the strength of Sino-Cameroon relations.

Cameroonian President Paul Biya in August strengthened military operation in the Far North Region to fight against Boko Haram militants.

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