There are unconfirmed reports a ransom was paid through "unofficial channels" in exchange for the release of a British teacher held hostage in Libya.
David Bolam, who worked at the International School in Benghazi, was kidnapped in May by Islamic militants.
He has now been reunited with his family.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are glad that David Bolam is safe and well after his ordeal, and that he has been reunited with his family. We have been supporting his family since he was taken.”
She added: “We do not comment on the detail of hostage cases. The family have asked for privacy.”
His kidnapping had not been reported at the request of the Foreign Office and his family, reports said.