BEIRUT: A Muslim preacher whose society has been involved in negotiations to secure the release of 10 Lebanese pilgrims held in Syria said Sunday he expected two or three hostages to be freed in the next two days. Sheikh Bilal Dikmak, head of Iqraa Society, said he had been told told this by a mediator following efforts by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Future MP Oqab Saqr. “The next two days will carry good news with the release of two or three Lebanese,” Dikmak said. Interior Minister Marwan Charbel has also voiced optimism about a release of the Lebanese hostages. He said Friday that his next visit to Turkey would be to bring back the 10 Lebanese hostages.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 17, 2012, on page 4.