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Burt welcomes release of Shalit.

(With POL-UK-RELEASE)

LONDON, Oct 18 (KUNA) - British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt

welcomed Tuesday the release of Gilad Shalit.

The Minister responsible for the Middle East expressed the hopes that the

release will see progress on Middle East peace reconciliation.

In a brief statement, Burt said: "I first met with (his father) Noam Shalit

when I was campaigning with other MPs and European MPs for Gilad's release.

"When I saw Noam a few weeks ago in Jerusalem we did not know his son would

be free so soon".

The minister welcomed his release from "this unjustifiable captivity, and

know that this has been a hard agreement for many people, who show great

courage in accepting it".

Burt voiced the hope that this move would lead to more progress on other

issues conducive to Middle East peace and reconciliation.

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Date:Oct 18, 2011
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