Oman govt says 7 Indian sailors released from captivity of Yemen rebels
The Oman government on Sunday confirmed it has ensured release of seven Indian nationals who were held captive by Yemen's Houthi rebels after they seized a UAE-flagged merchant vessel over three months back.
Apart from seven Indians, seven other sailors from different nations were also held in captivity.
Oman Foreign Ministry said in a statement: "Following the instructions of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, to work to meet the requests of the governments of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Indonesia, the Republic of India and the Republic of the Philippines to assist in the release of a number of their nationals detained in Yemen, the Sultanate of Oman has coordinated with the concerned authorities in Sana’a, which thankfully responded to these endeavours."
"After communicating with the sisterly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, thankfully, to facilitate the issuance of the necessary permits, today the released were transferred from Sana’a to Muscat on board a plane belonging to the Royal Air Force of Oman, in preparation for their return to their countries," read the statement.
Oman foreign minister Badr Albusaidi tweeted: "Delighted to confirm that Captain Carlos Demata, Mohammed Jashim Khan, Ayenachew Mekonen, Dipash Moota Parambil, Akhil Reghu, Surya Hidayat Pratama, Sreejith Sajeevan, Mohammed Munwar Sameer, Sandeep Singh, Luke Symons and his wife and child, Maung Than, and Veera V S S G Vasamsetti have been released from custody in Yemen earlier today."
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted: "Thank you my friend @badralbusaidifor your help and assistance.Look forward to their safe homecoming."
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