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Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh, was sent to Iraq days after the Iraq's prime minister Haider al-Abadi had officially announced victory in the fight to liberate Mosul.

Al-Jaafari, who is on his maiden visit to India as foreign minister, had to face a barrage of questions related to the veracity of Swaraj's claims about the missing Indians.

The Iraqi Foreign Minister is on a five-day visit to India.

Baghdad on Monday told New Delhi that it had no information whether the 39 Indians, who had been kidnapped by Islamic State terrorists from Mosul in northern Iraq three years ago, were still alive or not. However, media reports later said that the prison had been completely destroyed.

"We want external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to clarify the exact position and tell us what the government is planning to do now on this issue", she said.

Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal MP Chandu Majra sought answers from the government on the issue in Parliament on Monday. The labourers, mostly from Punjab, were taken hostage by ISIS when it overran Iraq's second largest city Mosul in 2014.

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Ms Swaraj had also recently assured Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh that the Indian government is "making all-out efforts to trace and facilitate return of the 39 Indians".

At a late night briefing held at the Iraqi ambassador's residence, Al-Jaafari said that Badush jail was now "under the control of Iraqi government".

"If the Indians are in problem and if the Indian government will not help them then who will help them?" he said.

He demanded that the government make the status of the missing Indians clear.

"We are not sure whether they are alive or not, we don't know". "We will do our utmost in the case, but it may take time", he said.

"Initially we were told that Indians were last seen in Badush Jail but with reports coming that Jail structures are demolished, we don't know what to expect", Gurpinder lamented. He met Swaraj in New Delhi for a discussion on bilateral relations between India and Iraq.


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