New Delhi: India is working towards the return of 33 Indian nationals stuck in the African nation of Somalia and is also working to provide relief to them, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar said on Friday.
According to news agency reports, the 33 Indians who were working with a company as labourers in Somalia have been virtually held hostage by their employers for the past eight months. Out of the 33 Indians, 25 hail from Uttar Pradesh. All 33 labourers had started working for the company in Somalia about 10 months ago and have not been paid their salaries too for the past eight months after being initially treated well for the first couple of months there.
EAM Jaishankar tweeted, “MEA & our High Commission in Nairobi are working on the relief & return of 33 Indians stuck in Mogadishu, Somalia. The HC @IndiainKenya has taken up their predicament with the Somalian authorities. We are also in touch with the Somali Embassy in India. Hope for an early resolution. ”