New Delhi: The NRI kids Abhigyan (3) and Aishwarya (1), who have witnessed a long battle in Norway over their custody, finally reached the national capital with their uncle on Tuesday.

After several twists and turns, a Norwegian court had on Monday granted the custody of the two Indian children to their uncle.

Norway’s child welfare service said that two NRI children taken into its care will be handed over to their uncle.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister SM Krishna expressed pleasure over the return of the toddlers to their home land. He further extended all possible help to the family of the two kids.

Earlier, he had assured the grandparents that Abhigyan and Aishwarya will be brought back home to India at any cost. The children were taken under protective care last May on the grounds that they were not being looked after properly.

The couple, Anurup and Sagarika Bhattacharya, has fought a long drawn legal battle with Norwegian authorities to get Abhigyan and Aishwarya back to the family.

According to the hearing at Stavanger District Court on April 17, the Child Welfare Services and the parents and the uncle reportedly submitted a joint statement before the court. They have reportedly agreed to the solution that the children's uncle would be their guardian. The CWS, which has kept the children in foster care since May last year, made a recommendation to the Stavanger court that the children's custody should be given to the uncle and they should be allowed to return to India.

Resolution of custody issue shows good bilateral ties: Norway

Expressing satisfaction over settlement of the custody row involving two NRI children, Norway on Tuesday said the resolution of the issue illustrated the "good relations" between the two countries.

"The two governments have been working very closely and constructively in solving the case. It illustrates the good relationship between the two countries," Norwegian ambassador Ann Ollestad said.

(JPN/Agencies)