World Bulletin/News Desk
Lebanese President Michel Sulayman held a telephone call on Sunday with Turkish President Gul over the released Turkish pilots and nine Lebanese citizens.
Sulayman called Gul to thank Turkey for the efforts of release of nine Lebanese and their arrival to their home country.
Gul stated the healthy arrival of two Turkish pilots and nine Lebanese were pleasant and thanked Sulayman and Lebanese offices, presidency sources said.
Gul noted he supported the security, healthiness and welfare of Lebanese people and added he put great importance on Turkish-Lebanese friendship.
Turkish pilots Murat Akpinar and Murat Agca were kidnapped in Beirut by gunmen who intercepted their bus on August 9. Six Turkish Airlines crew were on board, but only the pilot and co-pilot were held hostage for 71 days.
A group named "Visitors of Imam Reza" claimed responsibility for the abduction of the two Turkish pilots, and made a statement that they would release the Turkish pilots in exchange of nine Lebanesenationals held as hostages in Syria.
Nine Lebanese citizens were held hostage in northern Syria since May 2012.Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2013, 16:27