By Gandhya Senanayake
The External Affairs Ministry is closely monitoring the situation regarding the Sri Lankan crew onboard the Panama flagged merchant vessel which was hijacked by Somali pirates recently and is still awaiting news about the crew’s well being, External Affairs Ministry sources told Daily Mirror online
“We are awaiting details from the Sri Lankan missions in Washington, Kenya and Egypt”, an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson said.
The vessel “MV SUEZ” was travelling in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) when it was attacked and taken over by the Somali pirates.
The MV SUEZ was a vessel with deadweight of 17, 300 tonnes and a crew of 23 (Egypt, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India Nationalities) and was transporting a cargo of cement bags. European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) is also monitoring the situation. (Daily Mirror online)