Erdogan to coordinate the release of Japanese hostages held by ISIS

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A photo of independent journalist Kenji Goto, believed to have been taken while he was reporting in Syria. (Twitter)

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – The Turkish government announced that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his country’s readiness to cooperate with Japan for the release of the hostages from the hands of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Syria.

President Erdogan told Japanese Prime Minister that Turkey is ready for cooperation and exchange of information on the Japanese hostages, Turkish media sources reported on Tuesday.

The Turkish president also said that his country considers the hostages issue as sensitive and of great importance, stressing that they will provide all kinds of intelligence cooperation to collect information on the abduction and possible negotiations with the radical group to get the abductees released. 

On Tuesday, the IS extremists vowed to kill the hostages if the Japanese government did not pay a ransom of $ 200 million within 72 hours, in a video published online by the group.

The IS hardline group has justified its request for a large amount (ransom) saying that Japan (according to the group) has supported the international coalition led by the United States to eliminate the Islamic State with the same amount ($ 200 million).

Noteworthy, in addition to selling oil–extracted from areas under its control–at less than world market prices,  the ransoms which the IS radicals take from foreign governments for the release of kidnapped citizens is one the group’s main resources of funding.

Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser

Source: ARA News

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