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Bringing back Indian pilgrims from Iran is priority: Jaishankar

PTI
Published Mar 12, 2020, 2:21 pm IST
Updated Mar 12, 2020, 2:21 pm IST
The MEA said around 6,000 Indians are stranded in Iran, including 1,100 pilgrims from Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi. PTI photo
 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament in New Delhi. PTI photo

New Delhi: External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Thursday said the initial focus is to bring back Indian pilgrims stranded in Iran, which is grappling with cases of coronavirus.

The outbreak of coronavirus is a "matter of concern" and "we need to respond responsibly", he told Lok Sabha as he spoke on the current situation.

 

He said around 6,000 Indians are stranded in Iran, including 1,100 pilgrims from Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.

There are also around 300 students there, he added.

The "initial focus is on bringing back pilgrims, mostly stranded in Qom", he said, adding the government is also working with Indian authorities to look at the possibility of operating limited commercial flights.

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