THE Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha Fiji has expressed deep sorrow and sadness at the act of terrorism by the militant rebel group holding 45 Fijian peacekeepers hostage in the Golan Heights.
National president Sarju Prasad said Fijian soldiers had served with dignity in the Middle East for such a long time, helping keep peace in the area.
"We have sent the sons and daughters of our nation to help those who needed our service," Mr Prasad said.
"As member of the United Nations our soldiers have always given our very best to the world. We have no enmity with anyone in the Golan Heights and are merely there to promote peace among those who need our support.
"As the president of the Sabha, I am calling upon all the citizens of our beloved nation to pray for those who are held captive and for all the families whose loved ones have been taken hostage.
"We are hopeful this impasse will come to end in a very near future."
He also prayed for the safety and security and quick release of these soldiers. "At this trying time I urge all our people to keep our sons and daughters and their families in their prayers.
"May God Almighty give the authorities the wisdom and the strength to negotiate a quick and safe release of all our soldiers."