Two Dutch diplomats were briefly kidnapped last month in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley and handed over to Syrian authorities across the border before being freed, the Dutch embassy in Beirut said on Thursday.
"They were transferred to Syrian authorities through an informal crossing and... when the Syrians realised they were not brought from Lebanon to Syria in a formal way they sent them back."
He said both diplomats, who were not named, were based in Damascus but also accredited in Lebanon.
Van der Woude said the incident lasted only a few hours and that the two diplomats, whose rank was not given, were treated correctly.
"We have no idea why they were kidnapped," he said.
A local news agency in Lebanon said Syrian authorities immediately ordered their release when they realised the two were diplomats.
The Bekaa Valley has a long-standing reputation as a region with lawless pockets where local clans rule.
Seven Estonian cyclists were kidnapped in the region on March 23 shortly after entering Lebanon from Syria.
That case remains shrouded in mystery with little information gleaned on their whereabouts or those behind the abduction.
Source: AFP Global Edition