BEIRUT: Head of General Security Brig. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said Sunday that negotiations over the release of nine Lebanese hostages in Syria were inching along, while authorities were dealing with the abduction of two Turkish pilots as a separate issue.
“It’s been a year and four months since the abduction [of the Lebanese], and I can say the case is not frozen but progress is very slow due to regional circumstances,” he told a local radio station.
“All the information indicates they are in good condition,” he said.
Of the abducted Turkish nationals, he said: “The state is working hard in coordination with all its agencies to secure their release because they were abducted on Lebanese soil and it’s our duty to free them.”