Iran asks Turkey to meditate releasing Iranian pilgrim in Syria
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.4/ Trend D.Khatinoglu/
In a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu on Saturday, Salehi requested Ankara's immediate intervention to secure the release of abducted Iranian pilgrims.
Earlier on Saturday, 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, were abducted by armed insurgents.
In a statement released later on the day, Iran's Consulate in Syria said it is pursuing the fate of Iranian nationals in collaboration with the Syrian security organizations.
This is not the first time Iranians have been kidnapped by armed gunmen in Syria.
In January, a group of armed assailants attacked a bus and abducted 11 Iranian pilgrims on the road connecting Damascus to the northwestern city of Aleppo.