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Iran urges intl. bodies to help obtain release of nationals abducted in Syria
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An image grab from Al-Arabiya shows abducted Iranians in Damascus on August 5, 2012.
An image grab from Al-Arabiya shows abducted Iranians in Damascus on August 5, 2012.
TEHRAN
– Iran has called on the relevant international organizations to help obtain the release of the Iranian nationals who were abducted in Syria in August by the self-proclaimed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and have been threatened with death. 
 
On August 4, 48 Iranians who were travelling on a bus from Damascus International Airport to the shrine of Hazrat Zeinab (AS) on the outskirts of the Syrian capital were kidnapped by insurgents.
 
Members of the FSA in Damascus issued the death threat in a video aired by the Saudi-owned television network Al-Arabiya on Friday, Today’s Zaman reported. 
 
According to the Press TV, the insurgents said they would kill the abductees if the Syrian government does not release captured anti-government insurgents and if it does not stop operations against armed groups in the country within 48 hours. 
 
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Saturday that the use of the defenseless Iranian pilgrims as human shields is in contravention of human rights principles.  
 
“The abductors, which are (members of) a known group, and their supporters are responsible for the lives of the Iranian pilgrims,” he stated. 
 
“And the Islamic Republic of Iran calls on international organizations to seriously prevent the repetition of such incidents that run counter to humanitarian principles,” Mehmanparast added. 
 
In addition, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi held telephone conversations with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani on Saturday and asked them to make serious efforts to help secure the release of the abducted Iranians. 
 
And the Turkish and Qatari officials promised that they will continue their efforts to obtain the release of the Iranian nationals.
 
Salehi also discussed the issue of the abduction with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem on phone on the same day.  
 
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Last Updated on 06 October 2012 18:02