Along with the two C-17 Globemaster Indian Air Force Aircraft, Minister of state for external affairs, Mr. VK Singh flew to the Juba who is leading the operation Sankat Mochan. He is also leading the operation to evacuate more than 600 Indians from the African country.
Over 140 Indian nationals were evacuated from War tore South Sudan’s capital, Juba on Thursday.
India on early Thursday morning sent two C-17 military transport aircraft for evacuation process.
Evacuated ones will reach Delhi by Friday morning.
As soon as the first fight was out of danger zone, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted:
“However, the evacuation exercise faced a hurdle as many Indians, who had registered with the Foreign Ministry for leaving South Sudan, refused to return citing the ceasefire which has brought a break after a week of intense fighting”.
Mr. Swarup told reporters, “The evacuation has been meticulously planned in coordination with the local authorities as well as the support of the Indian peacekeeping contingent in UNMISS”. He added, “This entire operation has been under the direct supervision of Sushma Swaraj who had formed a high-level task force to monitor the situation in South Sudan”.
South Sudan is witnessing heavy fighting between former rebels and government soldiers in several parts of the city. And India has been closely monitoring developments in South Sudan. A task force has been set up for this purpose.