As many as 21 fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were stranded in Iran, have been released and will be repatriated in batches starting August 3, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj said.
"I am happy to inform that 21 Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu who were stranded at Nakhitaghi (Iran) have been released with the efforts of Indian Embassy in Iran and our Consulate at Bandar Abbas. We are repatriating them to Chennai in batches starting from August 3," Swaraj tweeted on Tuesday.
Last month, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to direct the Indian Embassy in Iran to take necessary steps for bringing back 21 Tamil Nadu fishermen stranded in that country.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP Kanimozhi last month met Sushma Swaraj and urged her to bring back the 21 Indian fishermen.
Kanimozhi had also written a letter to EAM stating, "This is to bring to your notice about the predicament of 21 Indian citizens who are working as fishermen in Iran. All of them hailing from three southern districts of Tamil Nadu, namely Kanyakumari, Thoothukudi, and Tirunelveli has been working in Iran for the past six months".