"We are trying to follow news gained through intelligence sources, and we consider that all the Indians are alive", al-Jafaari told the media here late Monday. Al-Jaafari, who is on a visit to India from July 24 to July 28, met with Swaraj at Jawaharlal Nehru for a discussion on bilateral relations between the two nations.
In a meeting with the relatives of the abducted Indians last week, Swaraj had said they might be languishing in a jail in Badush, northwest of Mosul, where fighting was going on.
The abducted workers, mostly from northern India, had been employed by a construction company near Mosul when militants overran the Iraqi city and seized wide swathes of territory. The 39 missing Indians may be as Sushma Swaraj has suggested in Badush jail under IS captivity. "We heard the Iraqi minister say that he does not know whether the 39 missing Indians were dead or alive", said Chandigarh resident Davinder, whose elder brother Gobinder is among the missing.
Al-Jaafari tried to assure the families of the missing that the Iraq government was doing all it could to search for the men and even announced a financial incentive.
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"Now it has become clear that Indian government does not know about the missing Indians". Our robust bilateral trade amounted to almost US$ 13 billion in 2016-17.
Iraq is already the second highest supplier of crude to India, but there are plans to further increase the supply with the oil ministers set to meet in November, Al-Jaafari added.
Pratap Singh Bajwa, a Congress member of the Rajya Sabha, recently said that he would move a privilege motion against External Affairs Minister, who, according to him, had lost all credibility after failing to provide correct information to people about Indians kidnapped in Iraq.
Iraqi forces liberated Mosul after 266 days of fierce battles, ending three years of IS rule.