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‘Not detained, all of them are free to go’: Iran envoy on Indians onboard ship seized by Tehran

 
Iran’s ambassador to India, Iraj Elahi, has reassured that the Indian crew members of the MSC Aries, a container vessel seized by Iran, are not being detained and are free to leave.
 
This statement follows the return of Ann Tessa Joseph, a woman cadet from Thrissur, Kerala, who was among the 17 Indian crew members aboard the ship. Joseph safely arrived at Cochin International Airport and was received by local authorities.
 
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) confirmed the safe return of Joseph and stated that efforts are underway to ensure the well-being of the remaining 16 Indian crew members still aboard the vessel. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has engaged in discussions with his Iranian counterpart, emphasizing the importance of restraint and diplomatic solutions amidst escalating tensions in West Asia.
 
The container ship was seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy near the Strait of Hormuz on April 13. The crew members are reported to be in good health and are maintaining contact with their families back in India.
 
The MSC Aries, last seen sailing towards the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Dubai on April 12, remains under Iranian control. The situation continues to be monitored closely by both Indian and Iranian authorities.
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