Indian sailors’ return: Krishna thanks Pakistan

June 24th, 2011 - 12:59 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 24 (IANS) As the sailors from the hijacked Egyptian cargo vessel held captive by Somali pirates for nearly 10 months returned to India Friday, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna thanked Pakistan for its help in their release.

“I am very relieved, and very thankful to those who were involved in getting our sailors released. Particularly. I would like to thank Pakistan,” Krishna told news channel Times Now.

Six Indian sailors, who were among the 22-member crew of the hijacked Egyptian cargo vessel M.V. Suez, arrived in New Delhi Friday morning.

Somali pirates hijacked the Egyptian-owned ship in August last year. The pirates released the ship and the crew after a $2.1 million ransom was paid to them by a Pakistani organisation.

Though the minister thanked Pakistan for the sailors’ release, he however, added that he did not have much expectations from the ongoing India-Pakistan foreign secretary level talks.

“Lets keep our fingers crossed, I don’t have too many expectations,” he said.

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