The Indian government launched Operation ‘Sankat Mochan’ to evacuate the Indians from South Sudan On Thursday morning. Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs Gen VK Singh will lead the operations. He will be accompanied by Secretary (ER) Amar Sinha, JS Satbir Singh and Director Anjani Kumar. The Indian government sent two C-17 military transport aircraft for South Sudan’s capital city Juba to evacuate Indians stranded.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had announced the evacuation on July 13, thanking Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for the two big Air Force planes that will carry the Indian nationals back home.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj posted the following on Twitter:
Gen VK Singh told TOI before his departure, “We will make all possible efforts to bring back safely all Indian nationals who are stranded in Sudan.”
Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted:
According to Times of India, there are around 600 Indians in South Sudan, of them 450 are in Juba and nearly 150 are outside the capital. so far nearly 300 Indians have registered with the Indian embassy for evacuation.