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Sushma Swaraj on her way to Iran and Russia

Narada Desk | April 16, 2016 2:58 pm Print
Sushma Swaraj
Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj : External Affairs Minister

The death of two Indian girl students in a Russian medical college hostel fire and that of a medical student from Srinagar in a Russian city will figure External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s trip to Moscow on April 18.

“I am going to Moscow. The final investigation report into fire tragedy in which we lost Pooja Kallur and Krishna Bhonsle is on my agenda,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted  ahead of departing for Tehran, Iran, on a two-legged foreign tour that would also take her to Moscow for the Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministers’ meeting.

She will go to Moscow from Tehran on Sunday where she will participate in the annual Foreign Ministers’ meeting of RIC (Russia, India and China).

Kallur, 22, from Navi Mumbai and her room-mate Bhonsle, 21, from Pune, perished in the fire which broke out in their hostel on February 14 in the Smolensk State Medical Academy, Smolensk, around 380 km southwest of Moscow.

Swaraj also said she will also raise with her Chinese counterpart the proscription of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar on the sidelines of the meeting. After the attack on the Pathankot airbase in January, India in February had written to the UN calling for immediate action to list Masood Azhar under the UN Sanctions Committee. All were told that if there are no objections were raised, the designation will be announced after the expiry of the deadline, but just hours before the deadline, China requested the UN committee to keep on hold the designation.

China said, that any listing would have to meet the requirements, stressing that it was the Council members’ responsibility to ensure that the criteria were followed.

In a separate tweet, Sushma Swaraj said that she would also take up the Yasir Javed, an Indian national from Srinagar who was killed after being attacked in the Russian city of Kazan by unknown people.

A medical student, Yasir had reached Russia on February 26 on a business trip and was attacked in Kazan city in the Tatarstan republic that left him in a coma. He died on March 8.