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Sincerely engaged with Iraq to trace 39 Indians: Govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today said it was "seriously and sincerely" engaged with the Iraqi authorities to trace the 39 Indians, who have been reportedly taken hostage in Mosul in 2014 by the ISIS.

Minister of State for External Affairs Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al Jaafari in Baghdad today and handed over a letter from External Affairs Minister

had welcomed liberation of Mosul which represents a brave victory over forces of evil and destructions represented by Daesh terror group, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, adding the had also mentioned the issue of missing Indians.

He said Singh had a number of senior Iraqi officials in Erbil yesterday evening and requested them to trace the missing Indians.

"We remain engaged very sincerely and very seriously at a high level," Baglay said, adding the Iraqi authorities have conveyed to that they have sensitised their forces about the missing Indians.

"remains steadfast in its support to Iraq in their fight against terrorism," he said.

Following announcement of the liberation of Mosul, the had activated various channels to locate the Indians, Baglay said.

The ambassador of India to Iraq and the consul general in Erbil have been instructed to continue the efforts to locate the Indian nationals on priority, the MEA spokesperson had said on Monday.

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First Published: Thu, July 13 2017. 20:49 IST