S.Jaishankar comes to the rescue of 33 stranded Indians In Somalia
India's foreign minister Dr. S. Jaishankar on Friday, October 23 said that Indian High Commission in Nairobi, Kenya is working closely with the Somalian authorities on "relief and return" of the 33 Indian citizens stuck in Mogadishu, Somalia. Jaishankar in a Tweet informed that the Ministry of External Affairs is also in constant touch with the officials of the Somalia Embassy in India, adding that he hopes for an early resolution.
The 33 Indian citizens, who went to Somalia as laborers have been held hostages by the company where they have been working for the last ten months. As per reports, the first two months for the laborers, who are mostly from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, went smoothly but then they faced trouble as the company stopped their salary and started treating them poorly.
The Indian embassy in Somalia was shut down following the civil war in the country that broke out in 1991. Since then, the Indian embassy in Nairobi, Kenya is jointly accredited to Somalia and now they have been tasked with the job to work with the Somalian authorities in getting the laborers safely out of the West African nation. Somalia, however, maintains an embassy in New Delhi and as per Jaishankar, they are being contacted for immediate assistance in the matter.