Government appeals for release of hostage on Arab TV stations

The government appealed for the release of a Briton held hostage in Iraq in a message aired on Arabic satellite television channels. A British official speaking on Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya stations made it clear that Britain was not holding any Iraqi women prisoners and therefore could not meet the kidnappers’ demands, the Foreign Office said. “The main point they are trying to address is about women prisoners. There are no women prisoners under the UK’s control in Iraq,” a Foreign Office spokesman said.

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