Iran says Turkish journalists held in Syria to be released

May 10, 2012, Thursday/ 21:12:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

The Iranian Embassy in Ankara has said two Turkish journalists who were detained while covering the Syrian uprising two months ago will be released, according to CNN Türk.

CNN Türk reported that the embassy announced that an agreement has been reached and that the journalists will be released in a few days. Turkey's Humanitarian Aid Foundation (İHH) published photos earlier this week of the journalists, who appeared to be in good health.

The İHH, which has been involved in negotiations in Damascus to secure the two men's release, published photos and a video of writer Adem Özköse, of Turkey's Milat daily, and freelance cameraman Hamit Coşkun with İHH Chairman Bülent Yıldırım. Yıldırım and other İHH officials met with them in Damascus on Saturday after negotiations with Syrian and Iranian officials.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, commenting earlier on the missing journalists, said the issue has “two legs.” “I have to openly state this here: This issue has both a Syrian and an Iranian leg. Our Foreign Ministry is doing what it must on this issue, and I hope the two members of the press will soon be reunited with their families,” he said.

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