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19:04 | 2012-10-09


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Iran Calls on Qatar to Help Free Iranians Kidnapped in Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in a telephone conversation with his Qatari counterpart, Mohammad bin Mubarak al-Khalifi, called on the Qatari government to do its best to help Tehran secure the release of the Iranian pilgrims who were abducted in Syria over two months ago.

"The Iranian parliament expects the Qatari government to make use of all its capacities and possibilities to help expedite the release of abducted Iranians," Larijani said on Tuesday while pointing to the good track record in Iran-Qatar relations and constructive cooperation between the two countries in different areas.

He further reminded that the families of the abducted Iranian pilgrims are deeply concerned about their health.

Qatari Parliament Speaker Muhammad Bin Mubarak al-Khalifi, for his part, said that the Qatari government and parliament are seriously following up on the freedom of the abducted Iranian pilgrims.

"The parliament and government of Qatar continue making their utmost efforts to set these individuals free," he stressed.

On August 4, armed insurgents in Syria kidnapped 48 Iranian pilgrims who were traveling on a bus from Damascus International Airport to the shrine of Hazrat Zainab (AS) on the outskirts of Damascus.

The terrorist group which has kidnapped the Iranians threatened on Friday that they will execute their hostages unless Syria withdraws from the embattled Eastern Ghuta area of Damascus province.

It is the second time the rebels have issued such a threat against the Iranian pilgrims.

Iran is using all diplomatic, political and security means to release the 48 Iranian pilgrims.

Ever since the abductions took place, the Foreign Ministry and the Iranian embassy in Damascus have been pursuing the fate and release of the kidnapped Iranian nationals through different channels.