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News number: 9107118786

19:49 | 2012-11-12

Foriegn Policy

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Iranian Parliamentary Delegation to Visit Turkey Next Week

TEHRAN (FNA)- A high-ranking Iranian parliamentary delegation will travel to Ankara next week to discuss expansion of bilateral and parliamentary ties with Turkish officials.



The delegation will comprise members of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission.

Yesterday, an informed source told FNA that the Iranian lawmakers would meet with Turkish officials to discuss bilateral ties and step up the efforts made for the freedom of the 48 Iranian pilgrims who were kidnapped in Syria in August.

Iranian foreign ministry officials have stated that Tehran is using all its diplomatic, political and security capacities and means to release the 48 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.

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 last month that they would execute their hostages unless Syria withdraws from the embattled Eastern Ghuta area of Damascus province.

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

The abductors later changed their mind and did not carry out their threat.