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Yemeni Authorities 'Know Where Hostages Are Held'

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said today he was told by Yemeni authorities that they know where five Germans and a Briton kidnapped in June are being held.

Westerwelle, who is on a previously unannounced visit to Yemen today, made the announcement after talks with President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The two had been expected also to discuss the security situation in Yemen after the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for a failed attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound passenger plane late last month.

Germany is the biggest European contributor of development aid to Yemen, with $114 million earmarked for the country for 2010-2011.