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Sushma Swaraj to meet families of Indians abducted in Iraq

Thursday, 19 June 2014 - 11:30am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: ANI

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will on Thursday meet the family members of the Indian nationals kidnapped in Iraq.

The family members will be accompanied by the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leaders, Manjeet GK and Manjinder Sirsa.

Earlier, Advisor to Punjab CM, Harcharan Bains, said that all help would be extended for getting our people back from there. He said that this is an international affair, so it is the government of India that has to negotiate.

Meanwhile, one of the family members said that they are praying for the safe return of their children and had received phone calls from the External Affairs Minister assuring them of the government's help.

The Ministry of External Affairs had confirmed on Wednesday that the 40 Indians, who had gone missing in Mosul, Iraq, had indeed been kidnapped.

Former Indian Ambassador to Iraq Suresh Reddy has been sent to the strife-torn nation to take stock of the situation and help bring back the abducted Indians home.

For all the latest updates on the Iraq crisis and the 40 Indians stranded in Iraq, read here.

Also Read:
* Who is the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)?
* The ISIL's rapid advance across Iraq over the past two weeks
* Images of Iraq genocide: ISIL militants execute hundreds of soldiers in mass killings


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