Relieved Minister Koenders announces release of hostage Anja de Beer

Today Anja de Beer, held in captivity in Afghanistan as a hostage since 22 June 2015, was released. The Dutch embassy in Kabul is providing consular assistance. Ms De Beer is doing well under the circumstances. Ms De Beer herself informed her family of the good news.

Foreign minister Bert Koenders welcomed the release. ‘I’m pleased to hear that Anja de Beer has been released, putting an end to 81 long days of uncertainty. I spoke with her, and it was very reassuring to hear she is in good health’, he said.

The Netherlands has consistently reminded the Afghan authorities of their responsibility to ensure Ms De Beer's safety and release. Minister Koenders has conveyed the gratitude of the Dutch government to the Afghan authorities.