Statement of the III FEALAC Foreign Ministers' Meeting on the Hostage Situation in Afghanistan

August 23, 2007

We, Ministers of State and other Head of Delegations gathered here in Brasilia to participate at the III Foreign Ministers' Meeting of the East Asia-Latin America Co-operation Forum, expressed concern on the current situation of Afghanistan and shared the view that the recurring terrorist attacks in the region and elsewhere demonstrated that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations remains a persistent, evolving and long-term threat to peace, security and prosperity. In particular, we condemned the hostage taking in Afghanistan and shared the grief and sorrow of the families of hostages and victims. At the same time, we called for the immediate unconditional and safe release of the remaining hostages.

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