BEIRUT: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu contacted Monday Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss recent developments in the case of the Lebanese hostages in Syria as well as that of two kidnapped bishops.
Davutoglu spoke with Berri about "the results of the ongoing communications and efforts aimed at securing the release" of the hostages, the National News Agency reported.
Positive signs emerged last week that the nine Lebanese hostages held in Syria and the two Syrian bishops would be released soon.
Lebanon’s General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim has been tasked with resolving both cases and has been traveling to Damascus, Doha and Ankara for mediations.
Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim were kidnapped on April 22 by armed men while en route to Aleppo from the Turkish border.
Eleven Lebanese were abducted in the Aleppo District of Azaz on their way back from a Shiite pilgrimage in Iran on May 22 of last year. Two have been released so far.
The release of the Lebanese could also see a release of two Turkish Airlines pilots who were kidnapped in Beirut in August in retaliation for the continued holding of the pilgrims.