New Delhi: Replying to NCP Chief Sharad Pawar’s request, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday said that efforts are on to bring back Indian pilgrims in from Iran. He said that the screening process has already started and the follow-up arrangements are being discussed with Iranian authorities. Also Read - Coronavirus Scare: 49 New Deaths in Iran Spikes Total Count to 194, IranAir Suspends Europe Flights Indefinitely

Efforts underway for return of Indian pilgrims in Qom #Iran. The screening process has started & follow-up arrangements are being discussed with Iranian authorities. This is top priority & Embassy team @india_in_iran  is fully engaged on this. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Sharad Pawar Seeks MEA’s Help For 40 Indians Stranded in Iran



The EAM further added that the Embassy in Iran is maintaining close contact with Indian fishermen there.



“Our Emb @India_in_Iran continues to maintain close contact with Indian fishermen in #Iran. No case of #COVID19 reported among them. Ensuring that they have adequate supplies. Will continue to monitor their welfare,” he added further.

The statement from the EAM comes hours after NCP chief Sharad Pawar urged Jaishankar to make arrangements for more than 40 Indians who are stranded in Iran. Pawar said these Indians are distressed and in urgent need of medical help and general assistance.

“In the wake of the alarming Covid-19 issue, I voiced my concerns to Dr S Jaishankar ji, Union Minister of External Affairs regarding more than 40 Indian citizens stranded at Qom city in Iran. They are distressed and in urgent need of medical help and general assistance,” Pawar tweeted.

On Sunday, Iran witnessed the steepest rise in coronavirus-related deaths overnight with 49 people dying from the COVID-19 disease.

With the death toll rising to 194 since mid-February to 194, the virus has spread to all of Iran’s 31 provinces with 6,566 confirmed cases.