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No substantial evidence on 39 missing Indians, says Iraq

No substantial evidence on 39 missing Indians, says Iraq

Iraq's Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Monday said here that he was not sure whether the 39 Indians missing in the city of Mosul since 2014 are alive. "We are doing our best to find the 39 missing Indians", Al-Jafari told reporters. "Not sure 100 per cent whether they are alive or not".

In a meeting with the relatives of the abducted Indians last week, Swaraj had said they might be languishing in a jail in Badush, northwest of Mosul, where fighting was going on.

On July 12, Singh visited the Kurdish Peshmarga frontline in Mosul area to seek information about the Indians.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari has told his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj that he has no idea about the whereabouts of 39 missing Indians who were kidnapped by Daesh in Mosul.

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Meanwhile, family members of the missing Indians expressed pain over the Iraqi minister's failure to bring any information on them. Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh was sent to Erbil in Iraq to pursue the matter.

But a recent media report said that the jail was abandoned and it had been unoccupied for weeks, he added. He is also scheduled to meet Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan. Our robust bilateral trade amounted to almost US$ 13 billion in 2016-17. Iraq contributes significantly to India's energy security and is the second-largest supplier of crude oil to India in 2016-17 with a total volume of over 37 MMT.

Thousands of Indians visit Iraq annually for pilgrimage to the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.

A man from Punjab, Harjit Masih, who escaped from the clutches of IS terrorist organisation in June 2014 had claimed that all 39 Indian nationals who were taken hostage on June 11, 2014 in Mosul town had been killed.


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