Can't say if 39 Indians alive: Iraqi minister

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25 July, 2017

Al-Jafari is on a visit to India from July 24 to July 28.

His comments came after Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh visited Iraq after Iraqi forces aided by an worldwide coalition liberated Mosul from the IS on July 9. We are equally concerned.

Referring to media reports that the jail in Badush where Swaraj said that abducted Indians may be languishing was in ruins, the main Opposition party alleged that she had "lost all credibility".

The government has said all efforts are on to find the Indians and without information otherwise, the workers are still considered alive.

Earlier, the Indian government had assured the family members of the missing Indians that they are safe.

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Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr Ibrahim Abdul-Kareem Hamza Al-Eshaiker Al-Jaafari on Monday said his government is not 100 percent sure whether the 39 missing Indian labourers are dead or alive.

The 39 Indians have been missing in Iraq since July 16, 2014, and are alleged to have been kidnapped by Daesh in Mosul.

In the talks, Swaraj and al-Jaafari made a decision to take steps to boost cooperation in areas of education, trade, energy and healthcare, official sources said. Swaraj is likely to make a detailed statement in Parliament on Tuesday about her meeting with her Iraqi counterpart. The volume of bilateral trade in 2016-17 was almost $13 billion. Days after Mosul's liberation from ISIS was announced, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh was sent to Iraq. "We are making the best efforts", he told reporters after meeting oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan here.

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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