158 Turkish citizens held hostage abroad freed in last 11 years

Davutoglu underlined that Ankara does not bargain with abductors when it comes to kidnapped citizens and added, “Negotiations and contacts with relevant countries yield results.”

158 Turkish citizens held hostage abroad freed in last 11 years

World Bulletin/News Desk

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that since 2002 the release of 158 Turkish citizens who had been kidnapped or held hostage in foreign countries has been secured without resorting to bargaining with their abductors.

The foreign minister's statement came in response to Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Mehmet Şeker's question in Parliament. “As of July 15, there is no Turkish citizen who remains a hostage abroad,” he said.

Davutoglu underlined that Ankara does not bargain with abductors when it comes to kidnapped citizens and added, “Negotiations and contacts with relevant countries yield results.”

The Turkish foreign minister also stated that during the course of securing the release of an abductee, government officials stay in touch with the families of victims to provide moral support and information about what is going on.

After the release of kidnapped citizens, the Foreign Ministry handles their return to Turkey.

“Psychological support has also been among the responsibilities of the Foreign Ministry after our citizens return home,” Davutoglu added.

Last Mod: 03 Ağustos 2013, 11:26
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