Iran Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has called on Doha to do its utmost to help secure the release of Iranian pilgrims kidnapped in Syria. In a telephone conversation with his Qatari counterpart on Tuesday, Larijani said the Iranian lawmakers expect the Qatari government to do its best to secure immediate release of the Iranian pilgrims in view of brotherly ties between the two nations.
Qatar's Parliament Speaker Muhammad bin Mubarak al-Khalifi, for his part, said that his government and parliament will spare no effort to secure the release of Iranian hostages.Meanwhile, a member of Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Abbas-Ali Mansouri, said on Tuesday that parliamentary delegations from Iran will visit Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia to talk to those countries’ officials about the situation of Iranian hostages in Syria. He added that the Iranian delegates will also meet with Iran's ambassadors to those countries. 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 the insurgents. Hundreds of thousands of Iranians travel to Syria every year to visit the Shrine of Hazrat Zeinab (AS) in Damascus. Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Damascus says ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorists’ are behind the unrest while the West and the opposition accuse the security forces of killing protesters. PG/SS