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Interior Minister: Surrogate Baby Issue Blocked in India

ogmundur-jonasson_radherraMinister of Interior Affairs Ögmundur Jónasson said the case of the Icelandic couple in India who are trying to get a permit to return to Iceland with their baby who was born with the aid of a local surrogate mother is stranded with Indian authorities.

Jónasson stated the ministry is doing everything in its power to enable the couple to return to Iceland with their baby. “We strongly emphasize that the baby can be brought to Iceland as soon as possible,” Jónasson told Fréttabladid. “It isn’t because of lack of intent within the ministry that it hasn’t happened yet,” he stated.

“We have asked for data from the Indian administration to secure the individuals’ legal position and that is why this case has been stalled,” the minister explained. “This case is about the child’s legal position and the parents’ legal custody. Many unfair comments have been made in this case.”

Ombudsman for children Margrét María Sigurdardóttir said the Icelandic government is obligated to do what is in the baby’s best interest given that it has already been granted Icelandic citizenship.

Indian Ambassador to Iceland S. Swaminathan has followed the family’s story and said he believes the case will be resolved shortly. He wouldn’t make any other comments nor confirm that he had been contacted by the Ministry of Interior Affairs because of this matter.

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