Ibrahim upbeat on kidnapped servicemen ordeal

APRIL 17, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) General Security Chief, General Abbas Ibrahim, on Friday indicated that he was upbeat on a looming solution to the long-simmering dossier of the military hostages kidnapped by al-Nusra Front, voicing fears of last-minute failures due to the improvement of the terms of negotiations.

He also said that Syria did not interfere in this affair, “but it was always ready to help.”

Moreover, he denied that kidnappers were asking for ransom.

Ibrahim made these remarks before a delegation of the Editors Syndicate, headed by Elias Aoun.

He saw that the current dialogue in Lebanon was producing further dialogues. “As long as dialogue carries on, this proves that negotiators must not reach a deadlock,” he explained.

Asked about his information about kidnapped bishops Boulos Yazegi and Yuhanna Ibrahim, Ibrahim confirmed that there were indicators that they, along photojournalist Samir Kassab, were still alive.

Ibrahim lastly called upon Christians in Lebanon to close ranks.

“I am not worried about the fate of the country, despite the surrounding storms,” he concluded.

SOURCE: NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON