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KGL makes contact with captors
Rajeev Sharma
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 10
The Kuwaiti company KGL, employers of the three Indian hostages in Iraq, today established indirect contact with the kidnappers and also roped in some new mediators, a senior official of the Ministry of External Affairs told The Tribune.

The MEA has taken this information from the Kuwait and Gulf Link (KGL) Transport Company as “a positive development”. The MEA has also been told by the company that all the seven hostages (who include three Kenyans and an Egyptian) were “safe”. The contact with the abductors, albeit an indirect one, has come after more than 24 hours of silence from the kidnappers’ side.

“The KGL has informed us that they are exploring several ways to secure the release of the hostages as early as possible. They have assured that effort to get the hostages released will be successful. We have to be patient,” Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed told this correspondent after the Crisis Management Group (CMG) headed by him finished its second meeting of the day this evening.

The KGL informed the MEA today that though the Sheikh Hisham Al-Dulaimi channel of negotiations was not yet closed, it was currently not active.

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