x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Emirati held in Syria freed

An Emirati man detained by Syrian authorities a few days ago has been released.

ABU DHABI // An Emirati detained a few days ago in Deraa, the centre of Syrian anti-government protests, has been released, the foreign ministry said yesterday.

Mohammed al Ramsi was on his way back to the UAE yesterday, according to the state news agency WAM,.

Ambassador Eisa al Kalabani, director of the department for nationals' affairs at the Foreign Ministry, said the Syrian government had responded to requests for Mr al Ramsi's release, which "reflects the depth of distinguished relations between the two countries".

Mr al Ramsi's brother Jumaa told the Arabic-language newspaper Emarat al Youm his brother had been arrested two weeks ago after travelling to Beirut the week before. The family did not know why or how he had been detained.