Don't know if 39 abducted Indians are alive

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will hold talks with her Iraqi counterpart during which focus is expected to be on the missing Indians mostly Punjabis who were kidnapped by the ISIS June 2014 from Mosul city

Besides the missing Indians, the Iraqi Minister and Sushma Swaraj are to discuss the entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as regional and worldwide issues of mutual interest.

Speaking to India Today, the minister said that the issue of missing 39 Indians was discussed in detail in the meeting.

"We have no substantial evidence that they [the Indians] were killed or they are still alive, so we can not give anything in that regard", al-Jaafari told reporters after the meeting. "This is shocking that neither the Indian nor the Iraqi government has any input on the missing Indians", said Gurpinder Kaur, whose brother Manjinder Singh is among the missing persons.

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Al-Jaafari's comments came after Indian Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh visited Iraq after Iraqi forces aided by an global coalition liberated Mosul from the Islamic State on July 9.

"But the minister clearly said he did not have any information about them", Davinder added.

However, a media report from Badush on Friday said the jail is now an abandoned structure and has been unoccupied for weeks.

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The volume of bilateral trade in 2016-17 was almost United States dollars 13 billion. The Iraqi foreign minister also met petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan. "Thousands of Indians visit Iraq annually for a pilgrimage to the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala".

A man from Punjab, Harjit Masih, who escaped from the clutches of IS terrorist organisation in June 2014 had claimed that all 39 Indian nationals who were taken hostage on June 11, 2014 in Mosul town had been killed.

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Minister of state for external affairs V.K. Singh was also sent to Iraq days after the Iraqi prime minister announced victory in the fight to liberate Mosul.

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