Investigators gather evidence at the crash site of the Air Algerie AH5017 in Mali's Gossi region, on July 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ SIA KAMBOU
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Lebanon has given the green light for the bodies of the Lebanese, who perished in the crash of ill-fated Air Algerie passenger plane, to be transported to France for DNA testing, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said on Tuesday.Bassil refused to give a date for the return of the bodies to Lebanon.France had asked Lebanon's permission to undergo DNA testing on the victims of Air Algerie plane in Paris, while Mali vowed full cooperation with Beirut. The French government requested Lebanon's permission to transport remains of Lebanese victims to Paris to run DNA testing on samples brought from relatives by the official Lebanese delegation. The delegation asked France to allow DNA expert Doctor Fouad Ayoub to be part of the sampling process to speed up the efforts.
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