An Australian soccer coach held hostage in Yemen since October has been released.
Craig McAllister has been reported as safe and well following months of what Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called "patient work" by the Australian government.Craig McAllister was kidnapped in October. Photo: Yemen Post/Twitter
"I deeply appreciate the efforts of officials from across government – who continue to provide the family assistance – and of many other parties in Australia and overseas," Ms Bishop said.
"I particularly thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said, the Sultan of Oman, for Oman's work to locate and receive the Australian national into Oman."
Ms Bishop said the government would not be making further comment to protect other Australians who remain captive overseas, or face the risk of kidnapping.
Mr McAllister's family have asked for privacy.
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