Plane carrying Syrian delegation cleared for take-off

A plane carrying a Syrian delegation to international peace talks in Switzerland was stopped in Athens on Tuesday but has since been cleared for take-off, the Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

"The issue has been settled, there was a small delay over formalities," spokesman Constantinos Koutras told Reuters.

"Everything is OK, it has been cleared for take-off,» Koutras added.

He did not specify the reasons why the plane had been held up. Syrian state television earlier said the plane was prevented from refueling after landing Athens International Airport. [Reuters]