Sally Faulkner kissed and hugged her two young children goodbye, possibly for the last time in a long while.
Meeting at a play centre in Beirut, Ms Faulkner ate ice cream with them before saying goodbye. “The visit was good, Sal had fun, the kids had fun, that’s all that matters,” her estranged husband Ali Elamine said outside the court later, The Courier Mail reports.
“She’s their mother and obviously they are going to enjoy time with her.”
There were no tears while the children were present, but their mother cried once they left, he said.
When asked whether it was right to separate the children from their mother, Mr Elamine replied: “No, no, we are discussing that, Sal and I, right now. If she is not here, she can Skype them and whenever she feels the need or wants to come over.”
He confirmed he won’t be letting the children go back to Australia any time soon, saying he wanted things to settle down. “Then maybe a few years down the line, yeah why not?” But he said he was open to a visit in a third country such as the United Arab Emirates or Cyprus.
Speaking to the Nine Network shortly after her release, Ms Faulkner said: “I love them and mummy’s sorry that it all worked out this way. I tried.
“I hope I can see them one day again in Australia, I really do.”
Ms Faulkner’s lawyer Ghassan Moughabghab confirmed that, under the custody agreement that secured her release, she could visit the children in Lebanon or a third country, but not in Australia.
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