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17813Gul says spoke to kidnapped bishop

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  • John Brian
    Apr 25, 2013
      From: SOCM News Bureau
      Sent: Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:17 AM

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      25 April'13
      Gul says spoke to kidnapped bishop: source
      BEIRUT: Turkish President Abdullah Gul informed officials in the Syriac
      Orthodox Church Thursday that he had spoken with Yuhanna Ibrahim, the Syriac
      Orthodox bishop who was kidnapped in Aleppo earlier this week.

      Bishop Daniel Kourieh of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Beirut told The Daily
      Star he was informed by Patriarch Zakka Iwas that Gul "personally spoke" to
      Bishop Ibrahim.

      Ibrahim, along with Aleppo's Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yaziji, were
      kidnapped Monday by armed men en route from the Turkish border.

      Kourieh quoted a bishop in the Syriac Orthodox in church based in Turkey as
      saying Gul was closely following-up on the kidnapping and exerting efforts
      to secure their release.

      He said the kidnapped bishops were in good health, adding that the captors
      have not made any demands or requested a ransom.

      Habib Efram, president of the Syriac League in Lebanon, denied local media
      reports that said Gul spoke to Iwas.

      "Gul spoke to a bishop in the Syriac Orthodox Church in Turkey and informed
      him that Turkey is exerting efforts for the release of bishops Boulos Yaziji
      and Yuhanna Ibrahim," Efram told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.

      (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)