Three petroleum engineers, including two Indians abducted by South Sudanese rebels, were released after negotiations, security officials in the war-torn country said on Friday.
Indians Midhun Ganesh and Edward Ambrose and Pakistani Ayaz Hussein Jamali, who worked for DAR Petroleum, had been seized separately from near their workplaces earlier this month in oil-rich Upper Nile state.
"Following requests from Indian and Pakistani governments, the Sudanese and Ethiopian governments coordinated together to secure the release of the three oil workers," Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service said in a statement.
It did not specify when the hostages were released. The Indians had been abducted on 8 March and the Pakistani on 19 March .
The three were brought to Khartoum on Friday in a special aircraft from Ethiopia, an AFP correspondent reported.
India’s External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj took to Twitter to acknowledge the release.
I am happy to inform about the release of two Indian nationals Midhun and Edward who were abducted in South Sudan. pic.twitter.com/ZCmxtcsFdw— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 31, 2017
I appreciate the efforts of Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon for the release of Indian nationals. /3— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 31, 2017