Iran says citizens held in Syria in ‘good health’

By The Voice of Russia

Forty-eight Iranians held hostage by rebels in Syria and threatened with execution were in “good health,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday.

“Thanks to God, all of them are in good health,” Salehi said, according to the official IRNA news agency.

He said that Iran was in touch with Qatar and Turkey, supporters of the Syrian rebellion against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, as well as the government in Damascus to secure the release of its citizens.

The Syrian opposition charges that Assad’s regime is receiving support from its close ally Iran.

Syrian rebels on Monday postponed a threat to execute the Iranians held hostage since August.


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