Sudan releases four detained foreigners: officials

Reuters News
Posted: May 20, 2012 8:28 AM

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has released four foreigners who were detained last month near the border with South Sudan shortly after clashes between the two African neighbors, officials said on Sunday.

Last month Sudan said it had arrested the four - a Briton, a Norwegian, a South African and a South Sudanese.

"We thank the president for their release," former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who has been mediating between the two sides, told reporters as he sat next to the four. Sudan's defense minister confirmed their release.

(Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Writing by Alexander Dziadosz Editing by Maria Golovnina)