Lebanese minister says Turkey can help secure hostages release

“Turkey can play a major role in the [hostages] release although it is not the abductor. We can resolve the case by exerting Turkish or Qatari pressures [against the kidnappers],” Charbel told the voice of Lebanon radio station.

Lebanese minister says Turkey can help secure hostages release

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey can help secure the release of the Lebanese pilgrims kidnapped last year in Syria, caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said Sunday, reported Lebanese Dailystar. 

“Turkey can play a major role in the [hostages] release although it is not the abductor. We can resolve the case by exerting Turkish or Qatari pressures [against the kidnappers],” Charbel told the voice of Lebanon radio station.

The eleven hostages were captured by Syrian rebels in Aleppo last May on their way back from a religious pilgrimage in Iran. Two pilgrims were released last year.

The relatives of the pilgrims have been targeting Turkish interests in Lebanon for over two weeks now, in a bid to exert pressure on who they feel can secure the release of their loved ones.

The families argue that Turkey, a major backer of the Syrian Opposition, can help in securing the release of their loved ones.

For its part, Turkey has repeatedly said that it is not responsible for the abduction and that it is trying to help resolve the case.

Last Mod: 28 Nisan 2013, 11:31
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