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MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: An Australian woman taken captive in Burkina Faso by an Al Qaeda affiliated group says she wants to continue her medical work in the West African country.

Jocelyn Elliott hopes her husband, who remains a hostage, will be released soon.

Rachael Brown reports.

RACHAEL BROWN: Jocelyn Elliott was freed in neighbouring Niger on the weekend after three weeks in captivity.

She and her 81 year old husband Dr Ken Elliott have spent more than 40 years running a clinic near Burkina Faso's border with Mali, but they were kidnapped by Al Qaeda linked jihadists.

The kidnappers released Ms Elliott because of a direction not to involve women in war.

She's returned to the Burkina Faso capital where she's thanked everyone who worked for her release.

JOCELYN ELLIOTT: Be happy for my husband to be soon released too, and I would like to also add that I'm very grateful for the authorities of the Niger and Burkina Faso for all that they have done around my release.

RACHAEL BROWN: Niger's President presented her at a news conference on the weekend, but Ms Elliott didn't share any details of her kidnap, captivity or release.

Burkina Faso's President Roch Marc Christian Kabore says he's optimistic her husband will be released in a couple of days.

ROCH MARC CHRISTIAN KABORE (translated): I want to say that it's truly a moment of pride for everyone - for Australia, Burkina Faso and Niger - that she was able to walk free.

I would like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank Niger for all the work they have done in the field to secure her release.

Equally, I would also like to say that the work must continue, because Dr Elliott is not yet free, but we hope that this is something that will happen in the coming days.

RACHAEL BROWN: The President has also thanked the couple for everything they've done for the country.

ROCH MARC CHRISTIAN KABORE (translated): I would like to pay tribute to the action of the Elliotts during 40 years in Burkina Faso towards the poorest people in the hardest locations of our country.

RACHAEL BROWN: The group behind the kidnapping is known for its kidnap-for-ransom operations targeting foreign aid workers and tourists, but Burkina Faso's Foreign Minister has said no ransom was paid nor conditions imposed for Jocelyn Elliott's release.

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Rachael Brown with that report.