Turkey seeks safe release of kidnapped workers in Iraq


Foreign Ministry spokesman Bilgic says Turkey’s envoy was in touch with Iraqi authorities to see how the workers can be rescued without jeopardizing safety

ANKARA – Turkey is making every effort to secure the safe release of 18 kidnapped Turkish citizens in Iraq, the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

In an interview with Anadolu Agency, spokesman Tanju Bilgic said that Turkey was monitoring the situation round-the-clock and urged Iraqi authorities to secure their release as soon as possible.

Bilgic said that Turkey’s Ambassador to Iraq, Faruk Kaymakci, was in touch with Iraqi authorities to see how the Turkish workers could be rescued without jeopardizing their safety.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had also called his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi about the incident on September 4 during which he said that Turkey was ready to provide every means of support to rescue its citizens.

“The families of the kidnapped workers are also being informed about the latest developments. We are also in contact with the [workers’] firm,” he said.

On September 1, men in military uniform reportedly abducted the group, which included 14 workers, three engineers and an accountant, early Wednesday after raiding a construction site of a Turkish company, Nurol Holding, in Sadr city, a Baghdad suburb.