Sleiman, Turkish president discuss case of kidnapped pilgrims

17 Jun 2012 12:52

President Michel Sleiman contacted his Turkish counterpart over the weekend to follow up on the case of the 11 Lebanese pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria.

A statement from Sleiman’s office late Saturday said he contacted Turkish President Abdullah Gul to discuss developments and contacts in the case of the 11 Shiite pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria last month.

Sleiman promised Friday the families of 11 Lebanese hostages to make fresh efforts with Turkish authorities to help secure their release, sources at Baabda Palace told The Daily Star.

On May 22, Lebanese Shiite pilgrims were kidnapped in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo shortly after crossing the border from Turkey, having concluded a pilgrimage to Iran. The women and elderly men were set free and returned to Lebanon shortly after the initial abduction. Eleven men remain in captivity.

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