Efforts ongoing to rescue hijacked ship

16:15, November 02, 2009      

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China's government said Monday that efforts were ongoing to rescue the 25 crew members aboard a cargo ship hijacked last month by Somali pirates.

"Rest assured that the rescue work is under way," assistant foreign minister Zhai Jun told reporters at a briefing on Premier Wen Jiabao's upcoming visit to Egypt from November 6-8.

"For the smoothness of the rescue operation and the safety of the personnel on the ship, I will not disclose any more news."

A Chinese coal-carrying vessel called De Xin Hai was seized on October 19 by armed bandits in the Indian Ocean with 25 crew members on board.

During Wen's visit to Egypt, which will end with a forum in Sharm-el-Sheikh on China-Africa cooperation, he will hold talks with Egyptian leaders and the heads of some African nations, the foreign ministry said. Zhai would not comment on whether the issue of rampant piracy off the coast of Somalia would be discussed.

People's Daily Online / Agencies
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