BEIRUT: Maronite Cardinal Beshara Rai called Saturday for the release of two Syrian bishops who were abducted earlier this week. 

“I urge those concerned to release kidnapped bishops Boulos Yaziji and Yuhanna Ibrahim,” Rai said during a speech he made at a church in Argentine leg of his Latin American tour. Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox bishop, and Yazigi, Aleppo’s Greek Orthodox bishop, were kidnapped Monday by armed men en route from the Turkish border.

The bishops’ precise location and the identity of the kidnappers remain unknown.