Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi speaks during a press conference in Balamand, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (The Daily Star/Taki Louka, HO)
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The group of nuns seized in the ancient Syrian town of Maaloula last month are doing well, Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi said Saturday, and a security source told The Daily Star negotiations to secure their release were still ongoing.Aleppo's Greek Orthodox Archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim were also abducted in April by armed men while en route to the northern Syrian city from the Turkish border.Ibrahim has been in contact with Qatari officials as part of efforts to secure the release of the 13 nuns.Ibrahim and Qatari officials have also said they are working to secure the release of two kidnapped Syrian bishops.
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