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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Don’t know whether 39 missing Indians are dead or alive: Iraq's Ambassador in India

New Delhi: There is no confirmation whether the 39 Indians missing in Iraq since June 2014 are dead or alive, Iraq's Ambassador in India Fakhri Al-Issa tells WION in an interview.

The Iraqi envoy's remarks come four days after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj cited unnamed sources as telling her deputy, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen. V.K Singh, during his recent visit to Erbil, Mosul and Baghdad "that the missing Indians are most probably in a jail in Badush where fighting is still going on."

Ahead of Iraqi Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim Abdul-Kareem Hamza Al-Eshaiker Al-Jaafari's visit to New Delhi, the Iraqi ambassador also tells WION that his country wants India to "play a major role" in rebuilding his war-torn country. Mosul, for example, is nearly "70 per cent" in ruin and would require upwards of 100 billion dollars to rebuild the city from the ground up and facilitate the return of displaced Iraqis.

In particular, the envoy said Iraq would welcome India's humanitarian assistance in the form of medical treatment for wounded Iraqi soldiers and civilians.

Asked about whether the defeat of the IS necessarily means that the ideology is vanquished, too, the Iraqi envoy asserted that "it is the responsibility of the whole world" to combat the ideology that spawned terrorist groups such as Daesh in the first place.

"We all know where this ideology is coming from… we all know who is supporting and funding them… and giving them safe haven and allowing them to move freely," he says in an oblique reference to some countries in West Asia.


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