Iran Calls For Swift Return Of Stranded Indian Citizens

There are hundreds of pilgrims from Kashmir and Ladakh stranded in Iran. Pix Credit Asgar Ali

Srinagar: The Islamic Republic of Iran has called upon India to swiftly evacuate Indian citizens from the holy city of Qom stranded after the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

In a meeting with Indian ambassador to Iran Gaddam Dharmendra, Qom governor-general said that the Indian citizens residing in the holy city of Qom have been settled in 50 different accommodations, official news agency of the country IRNA reported.

He said that with the spread of the coronavirus disease in Iran in late February, the settlement and quarantining the Indian citizens in the hotels of Qom, as well as rendering treatment services to the patient ones were put on the agenda of the Iranian officials.

The governor-general, according to the report said that Tehran has even used the Iranian airlines to return the Indian citizens to their home country.

Noting that the first cases of infection to the coronavirus disease were found in Qom, he said that special measures have been taken to protect the health of the foreign citizens.

Although the governments put their own citizens first in rendering health services, Iran did not do so and the foreign citizens received the same medical treatment and health services as the Iranian citizens, Sarmast said.

The Indian ambassador lauded the efforts of Iran in providing health services to the stranded Indian citizens.

Dharmendra said that Iran enjoys advanced medical facilities while India lacks such facilities so as to properly fight against the coronavirus outbreak.

India is seeking to lift the burden of treatment of Indian citizens from the Iranian government, the ambassador said.

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