Azerbaijan, Baku, August 12 /Trend, A.Taghiyeva/
Turkey has closed its trade mission and cultural centre in Beirut, the Lebanese capital on Monday, Al Arabia TV channel reported.
According to the report, Ankara made a relevant decision after two pilots of Turkish Airlines (Türk Hava Yolları) were kidnapped in Beirut.
The Turkish ambassador to Lebanon Inan Ozyildiz, said the representation of Turkish Airlines was moved from the city centre to Beirut airport for security reasons.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry then advised the country's citizens to refrain from visiting Lebanon.
The pilot and co-pilot of Turkish aviation company, Türk Hava Yolları , both are Turkish citizens, were kidnapped last Friday by an unknown group while returning to their hotel in Beirut by bus. Responsibility for the kidnap was by a previously unknown group, Zuwar Al Rida.
To date the location of the pilots is being investigated. The Lebanese authorities declared that the pilots will be released soon.