Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal said here on Saturday that his government would once again take up the issue of the release of 39 Punjabis trapped in Iraq with the Union government.
The chief minister said that for the last few months, the state government has been consistently taking up this matter with the ministry of external affairs (MEA) and has also asked the Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and other Akali MPs to pursue this matter with the government.
Badal said that besides taking up the issue with the union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, he was regularly in touch with the special envoy of India in Iraq.
The chief minister said that, being an international matter, the state government could not do much in this matter and only the Union government was competent to pursue this issue with their counterparts in Iraq.
He further said that the Union government was also trying its best to evacuate the stranded Punjabis in the strife-torn Iraq.