Statement by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern TD, on the kidnapping of Mrs. Margaret Hassan
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern TD, made the following statement on learning of the kidnapping of Mrs Margaret Hassan in Iraq:
“I am deeply concerned to hear of the kidnapping of Margaret Hassan in Iraq and I call for her immediate and unconditional release. Mrs Hassan is a leading aid worker who has devoted many years to helping the Iraqi people.
Mrs Hassan was born in Ireland and members of her family still live in this country. However, Mrs Hassan is a long-term resident of Iraq and has acquired Iraqi citizenship. My officials have already been in touch with her immediate family. I am very concerned about Mrs Hassan’s safety and I and my officials stand ready to contribute in any way we can to help secure her release.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Margaret and her family at this difficult time.”