Indian Embassy in contact with Iranian authorities about the Indians trapped there due to the coronavirus: Muraleedharan

NEW DELHI: The government has received reports from Indians, including fishermen caught in Iran due to the outbreak and embassy in Tehran He is in contact with local authorities on the issue, Foreign Affairs Minister V Muraleedharan said Sunday.

The Indian envoy to Iran, Gaddam Dharmendra, said Saturday that the authorities are working to facilitate the return of the Indians who wish to return to their homes and talks are being held with the authorities.

Several political leaders and appealed to the Center to evacuate people from the Union Territory, including students, who were stranded in Iran.

"Received reports on Indians including fishermen from Kerala stuck in Iran due to #COVID19. Our Embassy in Tehran is making an assessment of the situation and is in touch with local authorities," Muraleedharan said in a tweet.

The Iranian Ministry of Health reported on Sunday 11 new deaths from the new coronavirus and 385 infections, bringing the total number of lives lost to 54 and the cases to 978.

In view of COVID19, work to facilitate the return of those Indians who wish to return to their homes. Discussions are taking place with the authorities concerned to reach an agreement. We will keep you informed, Dharmendra said on Twitter.

Earlier, the Indian embassy in Tehran had issued an advisory for Indians residing there and assured them that they were closely monitoring the situation.

India also issued a travel notice on February 26 to avoid non-essential trips to Iran due to the incidence of new coronavirus infections (COVID-19).

In addition, people who come from Iran or who have that travel history since February 10 may remain in quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in India, according to the notice.

Anantnag National Conference member Hasnain Masoodi said he spoke with Foreign Affairs Minister S Jaishankar about the safe return of abandoned Kashmir students in Iran after the deadly virus outbreak there.

Former Union minister and congressional leader, Saif-ud-din Soz, and former finance minister, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari, also called on the Center to evacuate the people of Jammu and Kashmir, in particular Students and businessmen stranded in Iran.

"I am in touch with the MEA and have submitted details of over 240 J-K students who are stuck in , Tehran and other cities of Iran," Bukhari had said in a statement.

The prominent Shiite leader and former minister Imran Reza Ansari had said he was in contact with the relevant authorities and had been assured of the evacuation of J&K students from Iran.