News of relief: Abducted pilots in good health
Relieving news has been received from Beirut about the abducted Turkish pilots. Lebanese authorities notified Ankara that the whereabouts of the pilots have been revealed and both are in good health. The Lebanese authorities also reported that progress has been made in relation to their release. This piece of intelligence from Beirut has given rise to a “cautious optimism” in Ankara. According to diplomatic sources, full cooperation with Ankara is ongoing for the release of Turkish pilots while efforts to free 9 Lebanese pilgrims abducted in Syria continue.