Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated they would access the kidnapped Turkish pilots as soon as possible and added they would achieve a positive result at any moment. Erdogan held a telephone call on Friday with Dilek Akpinar to celebrate her Eid al-Adha, wife of kidnapped Turkish pilot Murat Akpinar. "We are close to the happy and good ending. We can achieve a positive result at any moment," Erdogan told Dilek Akpinar.  Turkish pilot Murat Akpinar and his assistant Murat Agca had been abducted on August 9, 2013 in Beirut after a shuttle carrying the pilot, assistant pilot and crew was stopped by four gunmen on the way from the airport to the hotel. A group named "Visitors of Imam Reza" claimed responsibility for the abduction of the two Turkish pilots, and made a statement that they would release the Turkish pilots in exchange of 9 Lebanese nationals held as hostages in Syria. Two pilots had appeared on Monday on Lebanese LBC TV channel and they seemed in good health.