The Modi government is all set to evacuate its 600-odd citizens from South Sudan.
The Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs Gen VK Singh will lead the operation ‘Sankat Mochan.’ He will be leaving for Juba, capital of war-torn South Sudan, on July 14.
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He will be accompanied by Secretary (ER) Amar Sinha, JS Satbir Singh and Director Anjani Kumar.
Two C17s will proceed to Juba on July 14 morning. An advisory was put out by the Indian embassy in South Sudan advising all Indians to “get in touch with the Embassy of India in Juba to avail the special facility on July 14, 2016 and obtain details of arrival and departure.”
The advisory also assured all citizens that additional flights will be pressed in service if required.
On July 12, Sushma Swaraj affirmed that the evacuation scheme was fully ready. She said that if situation worsens, the government will immediately evacuate Indians from the country which has been rocked by heavy fighting between South Sudan’s army and former rebels.
“There are around 600 Indians in South Sudan, of them 450 are in Juba (capital city of South Sudan) and nearly 150 are outside Juba. At present, the fighting is taking place in Juba,” she said.
The Indian embassy in South Sudan has also asked stranded Indians to stay calm and has assured them that they are in constant touch with authorities in India.