Czech Muslim representatives praised for appeal

Deputy foreign minister Petr Kolar has meanwhile revealed that one of the factors instrumental to the Czech journalists' release was a diplomatic meeting by the Czech ambassador to Iraq Martin Klepteko with Muslim spiritual leaders. Mr Kolar also praised Czech Muslim representatives for a letter of appeal they sent showing solidarity with the abducted men, asking for the journalists' release. On Friday Mr Kolar spoke with Radio Prague about how and when the journalists would return home.

"The problem is that our jet is not allowed to land in Baghdad because of the security reasons and technical reasons. So, we are probably going to focus on Basra now - to take them to Basra and then have our jet fly there to take them home. So, I hope it is a question of one or two days."

Author: Jan Velinger