Libya: Libya continues to jolt India as two more Indians get abducted in Sirte; one of the abducted is from Andhra Pradesh and the other from Odisha. The two Indians who were abducted last month continue to remain in captivity.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a statement that the two Indians, Pravash Ranjan Samal from Odisha and Ramamurthy Kosanam of Andhra Pradesh, “have apparently been taken from Ibn-e-Sina in Sirte where they had been working, and detained”.
He said the Indian mission in Tripoli “is making further inquiries for confirmation of the incident and is in touch with the local people, who can help in securing release of the two Indian nationals. The matter has also been taken up at diplomatic level”.
“All efforts are being made to ensure the well-being and secure early release of our nationals,” he added.
Last month, four Indians were abducted in Sirte by suspected IS men. Two of them, who were employed in the University of Sirte, were released later.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived here to participate in the G20 Summit, sought the help of the Indians in Argentina in strengthening bilateral ties and taking it to a new level by playing the role of a “bridge”, an official statement said on Friday.
Narendra Modi made the remarks on Thursday evening while attending a “Yoga for Peace” event.
The Prime Minister said that there were unlimited possibilities of mutual cooperation between the two countries and “we can avail the benefits of our capabilities in the field of business, pharma, oil, gas, IT and space”.
“The cooperation between the two countries has an ability to create a golden future in sectors of water, land and space. You are all India’s messengers. Your contribution is a bridge which connects both the countries,” Modi said in the event.
Modi said that practices like yoga can further enhance the relationship between the two countries.
“The meaning of Yoga is to unite. Yoga connects us with ‘wellness and happiness’. It led to overcome thousands of kilometres distance between India and Argentina and has been uniting the people of both the countries.”
He invited Indians residing in Argentina and their friends to visit India and understand the country in a vast way.
“All the Indians living in Argentina should come to India with their friends (and participate) in ‘Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ programme to be organised in Kashi in January 2019. As the Ardh Kumbh will be going on at the same time in Prayagraj, you can observe the Indian culture, the face of a changing India and also a New India on these occasions.”
In the event, Modi said that issues such as global economy, sustainable development, climate change and economic fugitives, which are of interest to the entire global community will come up for discussion at the two-day summit that will begin on Saturday.
The event featured a mass yoga demonstration by 600 people, a song by famous Argentine singer Patricia Sosa, chanting of “Om Namah Shivaya” and a short Indian classical dance performance.
Congratulating “The Art of Living” for organising this event, the Prime Minister said that yoga improves the health of both the mind and body.