According to information received by the Foreign Ministry, a statement from the group that calls itself the Renaissance and Reform Movement reached the Lebanese news portal Lebabon Files at 6:30 this morning. The message states that the abducted Estonians are in their hands and they are fine, and that they want money. There were no further details, contact information, or exact sums named.
The Foreign Ministry and the Lebanese law enforcement authorities are taking this message seriously, although currently it is unconfirmed who actually sent the message and with what motives. Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that it is also not known whether the claims made in the email sent to Lebanon Files are true.
Foreign Minister Urmas Paet has stated that we are continuing to work closely with the Lebanese authorities and representatives of our partner nations in order to explore all possibilities for finding the abducted Estonian citizens.
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