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Efforts are on to release of Indians, Crew not arrested: V Muraleedharan

New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan has said that efforts were on to release of Indians, including six Keralites, who are on board two ships seized by Britain and Iran this month as the standoff between the two countries escalated.

“Iran has said that it has not arrested any of the crew of the British vessel Stena Impero. All the crew are on the ship itself. Efforts are on to release the Indians,” he said.

The MEA is yet to get the full details of the Indians on both the ships.

In a letter to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan had asked the ministry to share details of the persons aboard the ship so that their families could be helped.

“I request that all possible efforts to ensure the safety of the crew be made and the relevant details of persons may be shared with the state government so that their family members can be contacted and we can be of help in their hour of crisis,” Vijayan said in the letter, the copy of which was released to the media here.

Congress MP Hibi Eden, representing Ernakulam constituency, also sought the urgent intervention of the Central government for the release of the Indian nationals.

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