General Security Chief, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, announced at a joint press conference with Canadian Ambassador Emmanuel Lamoureux that the Canadian Christian Lee Baxter (aged 44) who was arrested by the Syrian authorities for more than a year has finally been released.
He pointed out that "the meeting today is the culmination of efforts that have been followed up with the Syrian state and which led to this positive result. The press conference was held so as not to keep everything we accomplish under wraps, as per usual."
He thanked "the Syrian State, which responded to our demand for the release of Canadian citizen Christian Lee Baxter, and we thank it for its responsiveness over the past two weeks, leading to the release of an American citizen as well."
"Beyond any calculation, this success is in Lebanon's interest because it brings it back to the world map of humanitarian endeavor and conflict resolution," Ibrahim stressed.
For her part, the Canadian Ambassador thanked Major General Ibrahim and expressed her pleasure at the safe return of the Canadian citizen to his family.
"The Canadian citizen was arrested more than a year ago in the Syrian territories for violating Syrian laws," Ibrahim explained.
Pertaining to the case of Samir Kassab and the kidnapped bishops, Ibrahim said that "this subject is under follow-up and we cannot disclose any information unless we are positive of all the data."
Source: National News Agency