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Whatsapp diplomacy saves SL crew: Harsha - Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Headlines

Whatsapp diplomacy saves SL crew: Harsha - Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka Latest Breaking News and Headlines: The use of Whatsapp and connections made through American diplomats ensured the safety and release of the eight-member Sri Lankan crew of the hijacked Aris-13, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harsha de Silva said today.

The hijacked vessel and its Sri Lankan crew were released by Somali pirates on March 17 without any ransom payment.

At a media briefing soon after the release came to be confirmed, Dr. de Silva thanked diplomats of various countries, especially the US, naval officers and institutions which supported the Sri Lankan government during time of need.

He said the American Embassy had helped the SL Government get in touch with Puntland President's�Chief of Staff Abdinasir Sofe,� who in turn had ordered the country’s navy to stop shooting at the ship and move aside to allow discussions between the pirates and the owners of the vessel.
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