Lebanese caretaker prime minister "Najib Mikati" voiced optimism late Friday over the case of the group of nuns kidnapped in Syria last year, saying Qatari officials expected the matter to be resolved soon.
"In my recent meeting with the Qatari foreign minister who was accompanied by staff working on the case of the kidnapped nuns he told me that the case would be resolved very soon", Mikati told Al-Mayadeen television channel in an interview late Friday.
The 13 nuns, Syrian and Lebanese national, were abducted from their monastery in Maaloula in December and are reportedly being held by opposition militants in the nearby town of Yabroud.
Qatar has said it is exerting efforts to secure the release of the nuns. The matter is also being followed up by Lebanon’s General Security chief, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim.
Mikati also spoke about the two bishops kidnapped in Syria in early 2013 and said the two priests were likely still alive.
When asked if the bishops were believed to be safe , Mikati said that "there is no information that indicates otherwise".
Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox Archbishop "Paul Yazigi" and Syriac Orthodox Archbishop "Yohanna Ibrahim" were abducted in April by armed men while en route to the northern Syrian city from the Turkish border.
They were reportedly on their way to negotiate the release of three priests who are also missing.