Iranian FM to visit Turkey today
Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug. 7 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi will pay today an unscheduled visit to Turkey, the Sabah newspaper reported on Tuesday.
During the visit, Salehi will meet with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu to discuss the fate of 48 kidnapped Iranians in Syria, the IRNA news agency reported.
Earlier Salehi has a telephone conversation with Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Qatar, during which he asked them to assist in the release of 48 Iranian nationals detained by the Free Syrian Army in Damascus.
On Saturday, August 4, some 48 Iranian nationals were kidnapped on the road leading from Damascus international airport to the Syrian capital. The bus, which the Iranians were in, was stopped on the outskirts of the capital at the checkpoint of militants. Video posted at YouTube on Sunday claims that the Iranians are not really pilgrims but members of the IRGC, who arrived in Syria with the intelligence mission. Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday denied reports that the Iranians taken hostage are the servicemen of the IRGC.