Syria claims it has no information on 39 missing Indians in Iraq, says keen on help bring them back

New Delhi: Syria has no information about the 39 Indians who went missing in Iraq in 2014. Syria's Ambassador to India Riad Kamel Abbas, however, said that his country is "keen" to send them home if they are found in its territory.

File image of the relatives of the missing Indians. AFP

File image of the relatives of the missing Indians. AFP

Abbas said on Monday that an Indian delegation has made several trips to Syria and Iraq in the past to seek information about them and the chief of the Intelligence Department of Syria has also visited New Delhi in this regard.

"The Indian delegation went to Syria many times and the chief of Syrian intelligence agency came to Delhi for it," the envoy said.

"We are very keen to bring them (missing Indians) home if they are in our territory, but there is no official confirmation about it," he added.

Early this month, Iraqi forces freed Mosul from the Islamic State, a development that gave a ray of hope to the families of 39 Indians. However, there was no information of the missing Indian nationals from the liberated city.


Published Date: Aug 01, 2017 03:23 pm | Updated Date: Aug 01, 2017 03:23 pm


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