An Indian rescue team headed by Minister of State for External Affairs General (retired) VK Singh returned from South Sudan on July 15 as part of the Operation Sankat Mochan, bringing back Indians stranded in the strife-torn nation.
Singh accompanied the two C17 aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to Juba, and was on them when they returned.
Screen grab of his Facebook page
“Every country has its share of problems. We often get carried away with the criticism of our country. If you want to realise the greatness of India, you should be present in one of the C-17’s which are carrying our people from the perils of a foreign land back to India,” Singh wrote on his Facebook page.
“The noise of this giant plane is drowned by the chants of “Bharat Mata ki Jai!!” On this flight, you can’t be anything but a patriot,” he said this on his Facebook page.
“Thank you for the guidance Narendra Modi ji, Sushma Swaraj ji and Manohar Parrikar ji. Most of all we all should get together and laud the efforts of the Indian Airforce which has left no stone unturned in making operation #SankatMochan a success.”
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted:
Operation Sankat Mochan was launched in the early hours of July 14 to rescue the Indians in South Sudan.
Indians with valid documents were chartered back to the country from the conflict-ridden country on July 14.
An MEA advisory issued a day earlier had directed Indians in South Sudan to get in touch with the embassy there and register themselves. The advisory also said more flights would be pressed into service if needed.