Announcement of an agreement for the release of Gilad Shalit
President Sarkozy is absolutely delighted at the announcement of an agreement which should lead to the release of Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas on 25 June 2006.
He spoke in the evening to Prime Minister Netanyahu, whom he congratulated on this major success. He also spoke to Noam Shalit, whom he had personally kept informed of the efforts to help his son. The Head of State expressed his joy to Mr Shalit at the prospect of Gilad’s imminent release.
President Sarkozy thanks all those who contributed to this agreement, particularly Egypt for the essential role she played.
Since 25 June 2006, France has worked ceaselessly, in cooperation with the Israeli authorities and those of other countries, for the release of Gilad Shalit, a Franco-Israeli national. President Sarkozy hopes that after more than five years of waiting, Gilad will very swiftly rejoin his family and regain his freedom./.