18 Apr 2024

Indian woman cadet on vessel MSC Aries returns home, when will remaining 16 Indian crew members return?

With the concerted efforts of Indian Mission in Tehran and the Iranian Government, Indian deck cadet Ms Ann Tessa Joseph from Thrissur, Kerala, who was among the Indian crew members of container vessel MSC Aries, has landed safely at the Cochin International Airport on Thursday afternoon. At the airport, Ms. Joseph was received by the Regional Passport Officer, Cochin.

According to the India's Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Indian Mission in Tehran remains seized of the matter and is in touch with the remaining 16 Indian crew members of the container vessel. The crew members are in good health and in contact with their family members in India.

Indian Mission is also in touch with the Iranian authorities in ensuring the well being of the remaining crew members of MSC Aries. Earlier, External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar had spoken to his Iranian counterpart Foreign Minister Amir Abdollahian on the matter.

Iran's Navy had seized cargo ship MSC Aries

Iran's Navy had seized the cargo ship MSC Aries coming to India on 13 April. The crew of the ship is 25 members.

Of these, 17 are Indian citizens. The families of the Indians who were part of the crew of the ship seized in Iran had demanded their early release from the Central Government.

After this, on Monday, Iran allowed the Indians present on the ship to talk to their families. Iran took this action amid ongoing tension with Israel. The owner of this ship is an Israeli businessman.

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