Srinagar: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived on a surprise visit to Kashmir on Monday and met the families of the students stranded in Iran. The minister’s move comes after parents have been appealing the government to lift the students from Iran due to coronavirus scare. Also Read - Coronavirus: First Clinic to Screen Indians in Iran Expected to be Ready by Evening, Says Jaishankar
As per a PTI report, Jaishankar met the relatives at Kashmir International Convention Complex situated on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar. Also Read - EAM S Jaishankar Attends EU Foreign Ministers Meet in Brussels, Defends Citizenship Act
The Union minister had on Sunday said efforts were underway for the return of Indians from Iran. He also said that the screening process has already started and the follow-up arrangements are being discussed with Iranian authorities.
The EAM further added that the Embassy in Iran is maintaining close contact with Indian fishermen there.
Notably, Iran is among the countries worst-hit by the coronavirus outbreak. On Sunday, Iran witnessed the steepest rise in coronavirus-related deaths overnight with 49 people dying from the COVID-19 disease.
Assuring that there is nothing to worry, Jaishankar had previously informed that India had sent four scientists to set up screening camps in Iran.
Union health minister Harsh Vardhan also said that the government of India is following up with the Iran authorities for the well-being of the Indians stranded in Iran and their evacuation.
Meanwhile, officials said the Union minister will also visit the Srinagar Passport Office located on the banks of the famous Dal Lake in Boulevard area of the city and Passport Seva Kendra in Baramulla district of north Kashmir.