Salmond's visa plea as family tries to be reunited.
'ALEX Salmond has called on the Home Office to speed up visa applications as a Scotswoman battles to bring her Syrian husband to the UK.
'The family of Christine Gilmore, 33, from Edinburgh, contacted the Scottish Government over her fears that Ziad Arabi-Katbi will be killed before the decision is made.
'She met her husband while studying in Damascus but the couple have been separated by the turmoil which has engulfed Syria.
'The First Minister has written to Foreign Secretary William Hague to personally intervene and help the family be reunited. He said: "The plight of British citizens and their families caught up in the crisis has been brought to my attention. Professor Bill Gilmore and his wife Dr Patricia Gilmore have written to me about the case of their daughter Christine and her husband Ziad Arabi-Katbi.'
'The plight of British citizens and their families caught up in the crisis has also been brought to my attention...' - Salmond's letter.
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