Iraqi Minister arrives on India visit, talks to focus on missing Indians

Iraqi Minister arrives on India visit, talks to focus on missing Indians

Besides the missing Indians, the Iraqi Minister and Sushma Swaraj are to discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as regional and global issues of mutual interest.

The Minister's comments are the most open admission by the government of Iraq about the condition of the 39 Indians, who last spoke to their families from Mosul to say that they had been kidnapped by the IS. "We are making the best efforts", the Iraqi foreign minister told reporters about the Indians abducted in Mosul.

"We are trying to follow news gained through intelligence sources, and we consider that all the Indians are alive", al-Jafaari told the media here late Monday.

On July 12, Singh visited the Kurdish Peshmarga frontline in Mosul area to seek information about the Indians. "Still, she kept on misleading the families back home that they were safe and held hostage by ISIS", Bajwa said, according to the Indian Express.




Sushma Swaraj, along with Minister of State (MoS) for Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) M.J. Akbar and MoS MEA Gen. (Retd.) VK Singh, met families of 39 Indians who are missing in Iraq since 2014 on July 16.

In the talks, Swaraj and al-Jaafari chose to take steps to boost cooperation in areas of education, trade, energy and healthcare, official sources said. Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh was also sent to Iraq days after the Iraqi prime minister announced victory in the fight to liberate Mosul. Nearly immediately, however, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had announced that there was no proof of the deaths, and that the government's search for the abducted Indians would go on.

He's also scheduled to meet Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan in the afternoon. Our robust bilateral trade amounted to almost US$ 13 billion in 2016-17.

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