EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Wednesday welcomed a deal to return Gilad Schalit from Hamas captivity.
"I warmly welcome the news that Gilad Shalit will soon be able to return home after five years of captivity putting and end to the long ordeal that he and his family have endured," she said.
"During my visits to Israel I personally shared my concerns and expressed the support of the EU and of the international community at large to Gilad’s family," Ashton added.
She continued by paying tribute to the work of all those who worked to secure his release, and in particular the Egyptian and German negotiators.
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