"We are very grateful to the tribal leaders, community leaders who helped us all along in there work negotiation on behalf of us at some points, directly and indirectly," Jalali said. "So therefore the weight of all this effort finally persuaded the kidnappers to free her."
Cantoni, a 32-year-old worker for the CARE International aid agency, is described by officials as being in good condition after her ordeal. The identity of her kidnappers remains unknown.
She is expected to be flown to Rome from Kabul on board an Italian airplane later today. Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi says he is overjoyed and deeply relieved by Cantoni's release.