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Mandarins Hold Talks with Priest, Modi to Meet Him

A day after Prem returned safely to India after captivity in Afghanistan, Indian diplomats held a series of meetings with him on Monday.

Published: 24th February 2015 01:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th February 2015 01:04 AM   |  A+A-

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A file photo of the Jesuit priest Alexis Prem Kumar. (File)

MADURAI: A day after Jesuit priest Alexis Prem Kumar returned safely to India after eight months of captivity in Afghanistan, Indian diplomats in Delhi held a series of meetings with him on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet him on Tuesday.

Alexis' father Antony (75) and his younger brother Joseph met him in Delhi on Sunday night and shared some emotional moments. "I hugged my son tightly for a few minutes after meeting him," Antony told Express over phone from New Delhi.

"I first enquired about his health. He said that he was feeling much better now," he said.

However, higher officials did not allow Prem Kumar's family members to spend much time with him together. "The officials told us that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet my brother soon. However, as PM was busy today, the officials postponed the meeting to Tuesday," said Joseph.

Senior government officials also the priest for a meeting with Indian diplomats to learn about the situation in Afghanistan.

"My brother has been attending a series of meetings since morning," said Joseph, adding that they might return to Chennai on Tuesday evening.

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