[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/africa/04/12/somalia.pirates/art.captain.family.photo.jpg caption="President Obama issued a statement Sunday about the release of Captain Richard Phillips, who had been held for days by Somalia pirates."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama issued a statement Sunday about the release of Captain Richard Phillips.
"I am very pleased that Captain Phillips has been rescued," Obama said. "His safety has been our principal concern."
The president also said his administration wil continue to fight back against piracy. "We remain resolved to halt the rise of piracy," the statement also said.
(Read Obama's full statement after the jump)
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE RESCUE OF CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
I am very pleased that Captain Phillips has been rescued and is safely on board the USS Boxer. His safety has been our principal concern, and I know this is a welcome relief to his family and his crew.
I am also very proud of the efforts of the U.S. military and many other departments and agencies who worked tirelessly to secure Captain Phillips’s safe recovery.
We remain resolved to halt the rise of piracy in this region. To achieve that goal, we must continue to work with our partners to prevent future attacks, be prepared to interdict acts of piracy and ensure that those who commit acts of piracy are held accountable for their crimes.
I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans.