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The Foreign Minister spoke to India’s Ambassador about allowing the ship guards home

10.07.2015

Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus met with India’s Ambassador to Estonia Ashok Kumar Sharma in Tallinn today, to once again convey Estonia’s urgent plea to allow the 14 Estonian citizens detained in India to return home.

According to Foreign Minister Pentus-Rosimannus, the situation has become inhumane for the men and their families and both the ship guards and their relatives are suffering. “India could allow the men home to Estonia for the remainder of the court proceedings, where they have families and their living conditions would be improved. This is what we ask from India,” the Foreign Minister said.

According to Pentus Rosimannus, Estonia-India relations have been good in the past, but it is in the interest of both countries that the case, which has been overshadowing relations for nearly two years now, be resolved.

On July 6, the Estonian Ambassador in New Delhi forwarded Pentus-Rosimannus' letter to the Foreign Minister of India via the Indian Foreign Ministry. In the letter, the Estonian Foreign Minister appealed to her Indian colleague for India to allow the ship guards home to Estonia for the duration of the court proceedings on humanitarian grounds. The Estonian Ambassador in India also plans to travel to Tamil Nadu soon to meet with the state’s authorities regarding the issue of the ship guards.

Foreign Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus confirmed that until the matter has been resolved, the main focus of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Estonian Embassy in New Delhi will be the case of the Estonian ship guards.

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