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40 missing Indians remain uncontactable: MEA

New Delhi, June 18 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin today said that the 40 Indians missing in Iraq “remain uncontactable at this stage”.

Some media reports are saying that the 40 Indians have been kidnapped by ISIS militants near Mosul, Iraq.

Akbaruddin told ANI, “There are reports brought to our notice that there are 40 Indians abducted in Iraq’s affected area Mosul. Despite of our best efforts, at this stage we have not been able to contact them.”

“We have decided to strengthen the embassy by sending a seasoned Indian diplomat, Mr Suresh Reddy, who will travel today to Baghdad to assist the embassy in its efforts,” Akbaruddin said.

About Reddy, Akbaruddin said, “He was our ambassador there previously. He is well versed and knowledgeable about the area and this is to strengthen and enhance our effectiveness in that region.”

He also spoke about setting up of a 24-hour ‘Control Room’ to provide information to all concerned people, saying “In Delhi, we continue to provide assistance to all callers. There is a 24-hour contact helpline available and the External Affairs Minister: Sushma Swaraj, herself is regularly receiving reports and giving directions.” (ANI)