Lawmaker: Iran to discuss fate of abductees in Syria meeting in Tehran
Senior Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi says the fate of the Iranian nationals abducted in Syria will be discussed in a meeting between the Syrian government and opposition due in Tehran on Sunday, Press TV reported.
We are trying to secure the release of the Iranian abductees and we hope they can return to the country as soon as possible, the chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran's Majlis said on Saturday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Saturday that the one-day meeting would be held on Sunday in the Iranian capital.
According to Salehi, Syrian Minister of National Reconciliation Ali Haidar will attend the meeting as the representative of the Syrian government.
The Iranian lawmaker added that the Iranian abductees are in good health, adding that Iran's Ambassador to Syria Mohammad Reza Sheibani meets the hostages once or twice a week.
Syria has been experiencing a deadly unrest since March 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the turmoil.
Iran has repeatedly voiced its opposition to any foreign interference in Syria's internal affairs, calling for inclusive dialog and national reconciliation as well as free elections as the key to the settlement of the crisis in the country.