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Kerala woman, one of Indian crew members of ship seized by Iran, returns home

Ann Tessa Joseph of Thrissur, Kerala, one of the 17 Indian crew members of the Israel-linked cargo ship 'MSC Aries' seized by Iran on April 13, returned safely to her homeland, according to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday.

Written by  Shgun S -- April 18th 2024 06:44 PM
Kerala woman, one of Indian crew members of ship seized by Iran, returns home

Kerala woman, one of Indian crew members of ship seized by Iran, returns home

PTC News Desk: Ann Tessa Joseph of Thrissur, Kerala, one of the 17 Indian crew members of the Israel-linked cargo ship 'MSC Aries' seized by Iran on April 13, returned safely to her homeland, according to an official statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday.

The Indian deck cadet arrived at Cochin International Airport on Thursday afternoon and was met by the Regional Passport Officer of Cochin.


"With the concerted efforts of Indian Mission in Tehran and the Iranian Government, Indian deck cadet Ms. Ann Tessa Joseph from Thrissur, Kerala, who was among the Indian crew members of container vessel MSC Aries, has landed safely at the Cochin International Airport today afternoon. At the airport, Ms. Joseph was received by the Regional Passport Officer, Cochin," MEA said.

Following the seizure of the container vessel, External Affairs Minister Jaishankar spoke with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, about the release of the 17 Indian crew members.

The two leaders previously discussed the current situation in West Asia, emphasising the importance of avoiding escalation.

"Spoke to Iranian FM @Amirabdolahian this evening. Took up the release of 17 Indian crew members of MSC Aries. Discussed the current situation in the region. Stressed the importance of avoiding escalation, exercising restraint and returning to diplomacy. Agreed to remain in touch," Jaishankar posted on X.

The Indian Mission in Tehran was in contact with the remaining 16 Indian crew members of the container vessel, which is currently under Iranian control, the MEA said.

According to the MEA release, the crew members are in good health and in touch with their families at home.

- With inputs from agencies

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