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Girl taken to Libya reunited with mother

Nadia Fawzi when she was four-year-old before she was taken
Nadia has been reunited with her mother Sarah Taylor in Libya

A girl from Greater Manchester who was abducted by her father and taken to Libya has been reunited with her mother after two years apart.

Six-year-old Nadia Fawzi is now with her mother Sarah Taylor, from Wigan, who had moved to Libya to find her.

Nadia's father, Fawzi Abu Arghub, abducted her under the pretence he was taking her to a party. He boarded a plane with her to his home country.

Ms Taylor said: "I am overjoyed to be reunited with Nadia after two years."

Following the abduction, Ms Taylor left her job and moved to Libya to find her daughter.

She was awarded custody by the Libyan courts, but Mr Abu Arghub refused to disclose the whereabouts of their daughter.

Ms Taylor and Nadia were finally reunited in the Libyan capital Tripoli earlier.

Details of the reunion are not yet clear, but it is believed to be the culmination of more than two years of behind-the-scenes diplomacy.

Ms Taylor said: "I am delighted that she is fit and well, if naturally disorientated by this sudden change in the pattern of her life.

Dave and Dot Taylor are overjoyed their granddaughter is reunited with her mother

"We will spend the next few days just getting to know each other again."

Nadia does not speak much English. Ms Taylor said it would be tough, but she could "handle that".

The mother thanked her local MP Andy Burnham, the prime minister and Greater Manchester Police for their support.

She added: "Above all, I want to thank Colonel Gaddafi, who was kind enough to meet me and listen to my story, and has done so much to make today possible."



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