Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that all Indians stand in solidarity with the families of the 39 Indians killed in Mosul in Iraq and the government is “fully committed” to ensure the safety of Indians abroad.
“Every Indian grieves with those who lost their loved ones in Mosul. We stand in solidarity with the bereaved families and pay our respects to the Indians killed in Mosul.
He also underlined the efforts made by the government, especially by the Ministry of External Affairs, to trace and following leads concerning them.
“The MEA and particularly my colleagues @SushmaSwaraj Ji and @Gen_VKSingh Ji left no stone unturned in trying to trace and safely bring back those we lost in Mosul,” the PM said in a series of tweets.
He added that the government remains fully committed towards ensuring the safety of “our sisters and brothers overseas”.
In a statement in the Rajya Sabha earlier today, Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the deaths of the 39 missing Indians, saying that the DNA samples of 38 people had been matched by the Iraqi authorities. In the case of the 39th person, the matching was 70 per cent.
Ms Swaraj also held a press briefing later in the afternoon where she did not give a direct reply to a volley of questions on when the Indians were killed.
The bodies could have been recovered only after Mosul was liberated from the ISIS, she said. Mosul city was liberated from terror syndicate ISIS in June last year.
(With inputs from PTI)