Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 4 UNI | 19 days ago

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy today thanked the BJP government at the Centre and the Indian Embassy for the efforts taken to bring back the nurses safely to Kerala who were stranded in strife-torn Iraq.

Mr Chandy, who was in New Delhi, said "it is the efforts of State and Central Governments and Indian Embassy that made possible to achieve the great aim of bringing back the nurses safely to the state," an official a release said here said.

He said that the prime consideration of the government is the safety of the nurses. He said that the nurses have reached the airport border. From there they would be picked up by the Indian officials to reach Erbil airport.

He said that at the border formalities needs to be completed and steps are already taken to resolve issues' pertaining to documents, if any arises.

The Indian Embassy Resident Commissioner and Additional Resident Commissioner are at Erbil to take stock of the situation.

Special aircraft of Indian Airlines will go to Erbil at 1800 hrs from India.

He reiterated that the nurses arreiteratedIraq. The flight from Erbil will start at 0030 hrs tonight and will reach Kochi tomorrow morning around 0700 hrs.

He said since the aircraft is a big one and can accommodate more people there are chances that other people may also be brought to India. If so after reaching Kochi they will be sent to Delhi, he added.

Mr Chandy said there is total satisfaction in the progress that have taken place in the past three days pertaining to the steps taken for the safe return of Malayalee nurses to Kerala. It was the top priority of the government to ensure the safe return of nurses.

(Posted on 04-07-2014)