Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
SATURDAY, 19 APR 2014
09:21 AM Beirut time
Weather    
Beirut
22 °C
Blom Index
BLOM
1,214.01down
Lebanon News
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
Mikati asks Turkey to exert pressure on Syrian kidnappers
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati(C) walks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they review an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony in Ankara on January 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati(C) walks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they review an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony in Ankara on January 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN
A+ A-

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Najib Mikati asked Turkey Wednesday to wield pressure on the Syrian kidnappers to release the nine remaining Lebanese hostages as Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the case as “sensitive.”

“We spoke about a very important issue to us and that is the kidnapped Lebanese ... I asked the prime minister that Turkey exert pressure on the abductors to release the kidnapped,” Mikati told reporters at a news conference in Ankara after meeting Erdogan.

He said the meetings between the Lebanese and the Turkish delegations were excellent.

Erdogan said the case of the nine pilgrims who were kidnapped by Syrian rebels on May 22 was a sensitive matter and that his country is trying to reach a solution to it.

“I told the prime minister that the issue is sensitive and that we are exerting efforts with our concerned brothers and attempting to communicate to secure the release of the Lebanese,” Erdogan said.

The Turkish official added that Ankara has always supported Lebanon.

Mikati, who headed to Turkey earlier Wednesday, was accompanied by an official Lebanese delegation, including Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi and Economy Minister Nicolas Nahhas.

Eleven Lebanese pilgrims were taken captive by rebels on May 22 in Syria’s Aleppo district, shortly after crossing from Turkey while on their way back to Lebanon from Iran, where they had been on a pilgrimage.

Two of the hostages were released in August and September.

Turkish Ambassador to Lebanon Inan Ozyildiz said Monday that he had no new information on the issue of the hostages, but that Erdogan would brief Mikati about the latest developments.

He stressed that his country is exerting efforts to help release the Lebanese kidnapped and called on other countries to contribute to these efforts.

Relatives of the hostages have repeatedly called on Turkey and other states to help secure the release of their loved ones.

Late last year, the families also threatened to target Turkish interests in Lebanon in order to pressure the release of the pilgrims.

Turkey has said that although it has an influence over rebels it is not the country to be blamed for the kidnappings.

 
Home Lebanon News
 
     
 
Lebanon
Advertisement
Comments  

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
Advertisement


Baabda 2014
Advertisement
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Multimedia
Images  
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Friday April 18, 2014
View all view all
Advertisement
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Why Israeli-Palestinian talks fail
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Advertisement
cartoon
 
Click to View Articles
 
 
News
Business
Opinion
Sports
Culture
Technology
Entertainment
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS