Shiite leader Sadr calls for releaseof French hostages

5th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

BEIRUT, Oct 4 (AFP) - Iraq's radical Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada Sadr called in televised remarks on Monday for the release of two French hostages held in Iraq, saying France was not part of the foreign forces deployed in the troubled country.

BEIRUT, Oct 4 (AFP) - Iraq's radical Shiite Muslim leader Moqtada Sadr called in televised remarks on Monday for the release of two French hostages held in Iraq, saying France was not part of the foreign forces deployed in the troubled country.  

"I call for the release of the two French hostages, as France is not an occupier and refuses this occupation," Sadr told Al-Manar television channel of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.  

"I call for avoiding harm to the two hostages because it is not acceptable to kidnap anyone who is not taking part in the occupation or backing it, and the two hostages have those two criteria," he said.  

Sadr also noted that France had prevented the NATO alliance from interfering in Iraq.   Reporters Georges Malbrunot of Le Figaro newspaper and Christian Chesnot of Radio France International were abducted south of Baghdad on August 20 along with their Syrian driver, Mohammed al-Jundi.  

They are all believed to be held by a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq.

 

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