NEW DELHI: All the 39 Indians held hostage in Iraq by Islamic State militants for more than a year are "alive", external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told the families of the victims on Friday.
Swaraj, who met the families for the eighth time since the abduction of the Indians in June last year from Mosul, reassured them about the well-being of the nationals on the basis of information received from multiple sources.
The government was making all sincere efforts for the safe and early release of the Indian workers, she told the families, who were accompanied by minister of food processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal.
Official sources said the minister also told them that though there was no "first-hand confirmation" about the wellbeing of the 39 nationals but multiple sources have indicated that they were being made to work in Iraq.
Swaraj had earlier personally spoken to her counterparts in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) as well as other friendly countries in the region for their assistance in the safe release of Indians in captivity.
The minister also assured the families that as soon as some concrete proof on the well-being of the workers is received by the government, it would be shared with them.
we believe in Shushma's ability and diplomacy.Surely shw will be able take them out from this grim situation as she has done earlier.
Respect for this ladyy!!!
hope they r released soon
Government of India has no legal responsibility for their extended stay in war torn area. They are the victim of stupidity, greed and inability to assess the prevailing situation. India will do whatever the best the country can do,
I hope that Indian government will do everything and bring our people back to home safely.
Sushma you made all Nation loving people proud of you..Your timely work is example to all future Foreign ministers.....
I agree with Sudhansusonali that our army should be sent to eliminate IS IS
Smt Sushma Swaraj is temporarily best foreign minister we gave and she scored 100 out of 100 for her performance
These unfortunate events need patience to deal with.
She maybe ugly to you. But patriotic and capable to handle the post good enough.
hope all return safely
All lies. She just giving false hope to families. So sad , she is doing it for political gaun
Hopefully she will be our PM in 2024, after Modi's two successful terms