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Kerala woman cadet, who was among 17 Indians on board ship seized by Iran, returns home

The Indian mission in Tehran remains seized of the matter and is in touch with the remaining 16 Indian crew members of the container vessel, says Ministry of External Affairs

PTI New Delhi Published 18.04.24, 04:45 PM
Ann Tessa Joseph, a deck cadet who was a part of 17 Indian Indian nationals onboard the seized vessel MSC Aries, on her arrival at the Cochin Airport

Ann Tessa Joseph, a deck cadet who was a part of 17 Indian Indian nationals onboard the seized vessel MSC Aries, on her arrival at the Cochin Airport PTI

Ann Tessa Joseph, a woman cadet who was among the 17 Indians onboard container vessel MSC Aries that was seized by Iranian military over the weekend, returned to Cochin on Thursday.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said the Indian mission in Tehran is in touch with the remaining 16 Indian crew members of the container vessel.

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"With the concerted efforts of the 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 today afternoon," it said.

At the airport, Joseph was received by the regional passport officer.

"The 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 MEA said.

It said 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," it said.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had spoken to his Iranian counterpart, Amir Abdollahian, on the matter four days ago.

The Special Naval Forces of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) seized "MSC Aries" on April 13 reportedly in view of its links with Israel.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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