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HOSTAGE REUNITED WITH KIN KEENAN WAYS HE SAW CAPTURED AMERICANS

HOSTAGE REUNITED WITH KIN KEENAN WAYS HE SAW CAPTURED AMERICANS

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Freed hostage Brian Keenan, who flew home to Ireland Saturday, said he saw American hostages Terry Anderson and Thomas Sutherland during his four-year captivity in Lebanon and that both had been well.

Keenan, 39, looking pale but otherwise physically fit, had an emotional reunion with his two sisters in the Syrian capital, Damascus, almost 24 hours after he was freed by his captors in Beirut.In his comments in Damascus, he did not say when he had seen the two Americans. He described Anderson as being comforted by a picture of his daughter, Sulome, and said Sutherland entertained his fellow hostages with jokes and stories.

He said he had seen British hostage John McCarthy only two days ago, but did not mention any other hostages.

His hair cut short and his beard neatly trimmed, Keenan struggled to hold back tears as he sat between his sisters, Elaine Spence and Brenda Gillham. He read a statement to reporters, but took no questions.

``I am delighted to be with my sisters,' he said, his voice breaking.

``On my way here, I thought of what I was going to do,' he told reporters. ``And finally, I said to myself I would eat all the food in the world, drink all the drink in the world and make love to all the women in the world, and then maybe I'll get a good night sleep.'

Keenan's sisters arrived in Syria with Irish Foreign Minister Gerry Collins and a doctor and a nurse. They all flew back to Ireland three hours after Keenan was formally turned over to Collins at the Syrian Foreign Ministry.

A welcoming cheer went up as Keenan stepped off a government jet at Dublin airport onto a red carpet. He was warmly embraced by Prime Minister Charles Haughey.

Keenan opened his arms to the crowd and then clasped his hands over his head in delight. He clasped his two sisters to him and blew kisses to the crowd of about 500 before going into the VIP lounge for a private reunion with more than 20 relatives.

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