Turkey renews request for Iran’s assistance in releasing abducted pilots

TEHRAN (FNA)- Ankara, once more, asked Tehran to help release the two Turkish pilots abducted recently in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davudoglu, in a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi on Tuesday, voice his concern over the fate of two Turkish pilots abducted in Lebanon by unidentified gunmen, and called on Tehran to help Turkish and Lebanese officials to secure the release of the two Turkish nationals.

Salehi, voicing deep sorrow over the event, hoped they would be released soon.

Turkish Airlines pilot Murat Akpinar and his co-pilot Murat Agca were forced out of a shuttle bus at gunpoint at the Cocodi Bridge, less than a kilometer from Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport on Friday morning.

Senior Turkish officials have contacted their Iranian counterparts asking them to mediate and help release Akpinar and Agca through diplomatic channels, the Beirut-based Arabic-language Al Joumhouria newspaper reported.

Thus far, a not much known group has claimed responsibility for the abduction, demanding the release of nine pilgrims who have been held by Syrian militant groups since 2012.

Families of the Lebanese have denied involvement in the abduction of the Turks, but voiced support for any action that might bring their case to a close.

By Fars News Agency


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