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MEA making all-out efforts to trace, facilitate return of Indians hostage in Mosul, Sushma assures Captain Amarinder

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh that her ministry is making all-out efforts to trace and facilitate the return of the 39 Indians, mostly from Punjab, who had been held hostage in Mosul since 2014.

After going through the reports that the families of the Indian hostages are trying to locate their kin after the Iraq taken back the control of Mosul, Captain Amarinder contacted Union minister on phone today afternoon to seek her active intervention in the matter.

A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) disclosed that Mrs Sushma Swaraj told that General VK Singh had been sent to Iraq to coordinate with the Iraqi government to facilitate the return of the Indians stuck there. She said she had also directed the Indian embassy to extend all help to the stranded Indians.

She told that her ministry had activated all available sources to trace the missing Indians, who were last heard of hiding in a church in Mosul and Air India officials at the airports had also been instructed to facilitate their return.

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