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India begins ‘Operation Kaveri’ to rescue Indians stranded in Sudan

About 500 Indians have reached Port Sudan under Operation Kaveri which has begun to evacuate nationals from the crisis-torn Sudan, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said on Monday.

“Operation Kaveri gets underway to bring back our citizens stranded in Sudan. About 500 Indians have reached Port Sudan. More on their way,” Jaishankar tweeted.

“Our ships and aircraft are set to bring them back home. Committed to assisting all our brethren in Sudan,” he said.

Also Read: After UAE & Saudi Arabia, Jaishankar discusses the Sudan crisis with his Egyptian counterpart

India has positioned two heavy-lift military transport aircraft in the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah and a naval ship at a key port in violence-hit Sudan as part of its contingency plans to evacuate its stranded nationals.

The development comes even as France and Saudi Arabia have evacuated some Indians along with citizens of other countries as part of their evacuation mission from Sudan.

Around 3,000 Indians are among the stranded foreign nationals, and a 48-year-old from Kerala, Albert Augustine, has been killed by a stray bullet.

Violent clashes that erupted between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces on April 15, continue unabated. According to Sudan’s Health Ministry, the violence has left at least 424 people dead and about 3,730 wounded.

Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Thursday discussed with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, the ongoing situation in violence-hit Sudan.

“Discussed the concerning situation in Sudan just now with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. Deeply value his assessments and insights, as also his very helpful attitude. Agreed to remain in close touch,” Jaishankar tweeted soon after his discussion with Shoukry.

The minister’s talks with his Egyptian counterpart over Sudan are part of a series of telephonic conversations with foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia in the past 24 hours.






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