New Delhi, Jul 6 UNI | 16 days ago

Around 1,600 Indian nationals in Iraq are being provided with tickets by the Indian government for their return, the Ministry of External Affairs said today.

''Approximately 1,600 Indian nationals are being provided tickets by the Indian government for their return,'' MEA official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told reporters here.

Mr Akbaruddin said so far 486 telephone calls have been received by the control rooms set up by the MEA and the officials are responding to each one of them.

''We are responding to each one of them (calls). Two other special flights will be flying to New Delhi from Najaf and Basra in next 36-48 hours with approximately 200 Indian nationals,'' he said.

Yesterday, the ordeal of the 46 stranded Indian nurses ended with their safe return to Kochi. Some of the nurses after reuniting with their families vowed that they will not return to Iraq. About 200 Indians landed here this morning from Iraq.

The Indians arrived from Najaf in Iraq on a special chartered flight of Iraq Airways, chartered by the External affairs ministry, at 0430 hours .

MEA sources said in the next 48 hours, another batch of nearly 400 Indians will return to the country from Iraq.

(Posted on 06-07-2014)