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Iraqi envoy says any help from Indian govt welcome as Indians continue to be stranded

Last Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 17:54

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Even as the Iraqi government is yet to make a headway to secure the release of 40 abducted Indians, the envoy of the crisis-hit country on Saturday said that the country is open to suggestions or help from the Indian government.

“There are several Indians who are still stranded in the areas which are safe. We have asked them to stay where they are and not venture outside,” Iraqi envoy Ahmad Tahseen Ahmad Berwari reportedly said.

He further said that the Iraqi government is coordinating with India and its focus is on evacuating Indians from Tikrit and Mosul.
The Indians were kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants last week on June 11 by the militants in Mosul town.

While their location has been ascertained, they are yet to be rescued as the Iraqi government has stated that it is not feasible to rescue them at the moment.
Out of the 40 Indians abducted, 29 are from Jalandhar, 28 from Kapurthala, 23 from Amritsar and 22 from Gurdaspur districts.

The Haryana government has reportedly stated that around 127 people from the state were stranded in the state.

First Published: Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 14:22
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