Two Indians Abducted in South Sudan Released, Says Sushma Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday shared the news via twitter that the two Indian nationals Midhun Ganesh and Edward Ambrose who were abducted in South Sudan have been released.
File photo of Union Minister Sushma Swaraj.
Sushma appreciated the efforts of the Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon for the release of Indian nationals.
"I am happy to inform about the release of two Indian nationals Midhun and Edward who were abducted in South Sudan. They have reached the Indian embassy in Khartoum. "I appreciate the efforts of Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon for the release of Indian nationals," she said in a series of tweets.
Two Indian nationals Midhun Ganesh and Edward Ambrose and Pakistani Ayaz Hussein Jamali, who worked for DAR Petroleum, had been seized separately from near their workplaces earlier this month in oil-rich Upper Nile state.
"Following requests from Indian and Pakistani governments, the Sudanese and Ethiopian governments coordinated together to secure the release of the three oil workers," Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) said in a statement.
I am happy to inform about the release of two Indian nationals Midhun and Edward who were abducted in South Sudan: EAM Sushma Swaraj. pic.twitter.com/nnBAzg1pob— ANI (@ANI_news) March 31, 2017
It did not specify when the hostages were released. The officials had been abducted on March 8 and the Pakistani on March 19.
Officials said NISS coordinated the release of the hostages.
The three were brought to Khartoum on Thursday in a special aircraft from Ethiopia, according to reports.
"They kidnapped us in order to tell the international community that foreigners should leave South Sudan," Jamali told reporters at the airport.
"The rebels want to shut down all oil processing plants in South Sudan."
The two Indians are from Tamil Nadu, while Jamali belongs to Sindh province in Pakistan.
I appreciate the efforts of Indian Ambassador in South Sudan Srikumar Menon for the release of Indian nationals. /3— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) March 31, 2017
"We were not tortured or ill-treated by our captors," Ganesh, 26, said.
South Sudan, the world's youngest nation formed after splitting from the north in 2011, has been wracked by civil war since December 2013.
The conflict erupted after President Salva Kiir accused his rival and former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup.
The violence has left tens of thousands dead and more than three million displaced.
Oil production -- from which South Sudan gained 98 percent of its revenues on its independence five-and-a-half years ago -- has plummeted by more than half and the country is struggling to halt rampant inflation.
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