Haniyeh: Gov't doing utmost to free photographer

October 24, 2006 18:17

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday said his government would exert its "maximum efforts" to guarantee the safe release of kidnapped Associated Press photographer Emilio Morenatti. Haniyeh told the AP that he has instructed Interior Minister Said Siyam, who oversees most security forces, to solve the case. "The government is exerting its maximum efforts to guarantee the safe return of Emilio back to his family and his colleagues in the agency," Haniyeh said after meeting a delegation of AP representatives. Haniyeh said the kidnapping "contradicts Palestinian morals and heritage." He also expressed solidarity with Morenatti's family and the AP team in Gaza.

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