S. Jaishankar in Kashmir on surprise visit, meets kin of people stranded in Iran
The relatives of those stranded, who include students from the Union Territory and pilgrims in Qom, demanded that the Centre airlift them from Iran immediately.
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar arrived on a surprise visit to Kashmir on Monday and met the relatives of those people, including students, who are stranded in Iran. Officials said that the Union Minister reached the Valley in the morning on a surprise visit.
Jaishankar met the relatives at Kashmir International Convention Complex situated on the banks of Dal Lake. The relatives of those stranded, who include students from the Union Territory and pilgrims in Qom, demanded that the Centre airlift them from Iran immediately, the officials said.
Jammu & Kashmir: External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar in Srinagar met family members of the students who are stuck in Iran. A parent says, "EAM has given us assurance that he will get our children back from Iran; we have requested him to do it at the earliest." #CoronaVirus pic.twitter.com/MkVnmcMhcc— ANI (@ANI) March 9, 2020
The Union Minister had on Sunday said efforts were underway for the return of Indians from Iran.
Efforts underway for return of Indian pilgrims in Qom #Iran.Screening process has started & follow up arrangements are being discussed with Iranian authorities. This is top priority & Embassy team @india_in_iran is fully engaged on this@PawarSpeaks @ghulamnazad @DrJitendraSingh https://t.co/ROB1i8kD3P— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) March 8, 2020
Our Emb @India_in_Iran continues to maintain close contact w Indian fishermen in #Iran.No case of #COVID19 reportd among them. Ensuring tht they hv adequate supplies. Will continue to monitor their welfare.@vijayanpinarayi @vijayrupanibjp @CMOTamilNadu @ShashiTharoor @mkstalin— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) March 8, 2020
With assistance of #ICMR experts & under watchful eyes of dedicated #Embassy members,swab collection of 1st batch of #Indians in #Iran, is currently underway @ facility set up in #Qom #COVID-19@MEAIndia @DrSJaishankar @harshvshringla @MoHFW_INDIA @drharshvardhan @dhamugaddam pic.twitter.com/lJoRXr9grS— India in Iran (@India_in_Iran) March 6, 2020
The officials said that after meeting the families, the Minister interacted with some people associated with the tourism industry who raised several issues confronting the sector. Jaishankar then visited the Regional Passport Office Srinagar located in Boulevard area of the city and took stock of its functioning.
He will later visit Passport Seva Kendra in Baramulla district of north Kashmir. The Minister will also get a briefing from General Officer Commanding of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps over the security situation in the valley, the officials said.
Jaishankar will leave for Delhi in the late afternoon after his Baramulla visit.