Indonesia to ask India, Netherlands to repatriate 13 sailors

Indonesia to ask India, Netherlands to repatriate 13 sailors

The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs held a coordination meeting in Jakarta on Tuesday (Jan 29, 2019) to find ways to repatriate 13 Indonesian sailors stranded in India and The Netherlands due to a legal problem affecting the companies employing them. (Kemenko Kemaritiman)

Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government will soon ask India and the Netherlands to help repatriate 13 Indonesian sailors stranded in the two countries due to legal problem affecting the companies employing them.

"The relevant ministries and institutions must continue to coordinate at a technical level to find an immediate solution, so that the sailors could be repatriated and receive their rights soon," Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry`s Deputy for Maritime Sovereignty Purbaya Yudhi Sadewa stated while chairing a coordination meeting here on Tuesday.

Also present at the meeting were representatives of the Manpower Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Transportation Ministry, and the National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI).

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry`s Assistant Deputy for Maritime Security and Resilience Basilio Dias Araujo noted that the government has made every effort to solve the problem since the arrest of the 13 sailors.

"After receiving a report from Mumbai port authorities in India on Nov 6, 2018, the Indonesian Consulate General in Mumbai have visited them and provided them with food in the ship," he added.

Meanwhile, Judha Nugraha, chief of sub-directorate of institution and diplomacy for the protection of Indonesian citizens and legal entities, remarked that the Indonesian embassy in New Delhi has visited the Indian Foreign Ministry and the Trade Ministry to call for the Indonesian sailors to be released soon," he pointed out.

Reporting by Ade irma Junida
Editing by Suharto
 

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