Al-Manar television reporter speaks with the head of General Security Major General Abbas Ibrahim as he checks the deployment of General Security members on checkpoints in Shiyah, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Gen. Abbas Ibrahim said in remarks published Saturday that Russia has a leading role in the ongoing negotiations to release two bishops kidnapped in Syria last year, adding that his information indicates the two prelates are still alive.Speaking to Al-Joumhouria, Ibrahim also said that a "high-ranking security and diplomatic official" would arrive in Beirut Saturday to discuss recent developments in the case. Ibrahim, who has been tasked to follow up on the case of the bishops, said the kidnappers had not yet listed their demands.Ibrahim also said that the case of the 13 nuns seized in the Syrian Christian town of Maaloula late last year was on the right path.
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