The three remaining Greek sailors held hostage in Djibouti over unpaid debts owed by their ship’s owner have arrived safely in Athens following their release, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in a tweet on Sunday.
“The ordeal of the other three Greek seamen, who remained in Djibouti, has reached a happy conclusion. Thanks to the flawless cooperation between the Foreign Ministry and the Shipping Ministry, a short while ago they arrived in Greece,” Dendias said.
The three sailors had been trapped on two Greek-owned ships anchored off the coast of Djibouti since September 4, 2019 over the unpaid debts of the ships’ owner for port fees and fuel.
Originally numbering five, they faced a number of difficulties in obtaining food and medicine, while two, a chief mate and engineer who was admitted to hospital, were released by authorities in Djibouti last December.