Krishna takes up hostage issue with Egyptian envoy
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Last Updated: Monday, March 07, 2011, 18:30
  
New Delhi: Hijacking of a ship by Somali pirates which had among others six Indian sailors on board was discussed between External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and Egyptian Ambassador Khaled el Bakly, who agreed to coordinate with the ship owner, a national of Egypt.

Government is continuing with its efforts to ensure all possible help in seeking safe release of the sailors, held captive by Somali pirates for more than seven months now, official sources said in Delhi.

They said the Ambassador met Krishna and during the meeting the envoy agreed to coordinate with the ship owner who is an Egyptian and whose company was negotiating with the pirates.

The Panama-flagged vessel, MV Suez, was captured by the pirates on August 2 last year.

The ship's crew includes four Pakistanis, six Indians, four Sri Lankans and 11 Egyptians.

The Somali pirates have reportedly demanded USD 4 million for release of the six Indians and given a week-long deadline for meeting their demand, which is to expire shortly.

Meanwhile, the families of captives have been demanding immediate and resolute action by the Centre in the matter.

PTI


First Published: Monday, March 07, 2011, 18:30


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