Syria pledges to find Iranian engineers
The photo shows the five Iranian engineers kidnapped in the Syrian of Homs on December 21, 2011. The second man on the right is their Syrian cook.
Syria's deputy foreign minister says the country will spare no effort to find and save the Iranian engineers who were abducted by gunmen in the city of Homs last month.
In a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Syria, Mohammad-Reza Raouf Sheibani on Wednesday, Faisal Mekdad explained the latest measures taken by the Syrian security officials to find and free the abducted Iranian engineers.
He added that the Syrian Foreign Ministry is diligently following up on the fate of the kidnapped Iranians.
On Wednesday, December 21, five Iranian electrical engineers were kidnapped on their way to a power plant in the troubled Syrian city of Homs by unknown gunmen.
Two more Iranian experts, who were trying to clarify the situation of the five abducted engineers, have also been kidnapped and there has been no immediate report about their whereabouts.
The technicians have been building the city's Jandar power plant for the past two years.
Iranian engineers and experts are currently implementing development projects in Syria, valued at more than 1.7 billion dollars.
Syria has been the scene of unrest since mid-March, 2011, with demonstrations being held both against and in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government.
The West and the Syrian opposition accuse the government of killing protesters. But Damascus blames ''outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist groups'' for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad.