New Delhi: In a significant step towards the evacuation of Indian nationals from Sudan, the first flight carrying 360 individuals landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi today. The evacuation was carried out under ‘Operation Kaveri‘, an initiative was undertaken by the Government of India to bring back Indians stranded in Sudan due to the ongoing conflict in the region.
The flight, which was operated by Air India, landed at the airport around 2:30 pm local time. As soon as the aircraft touched down, Indian nationals on board cheered and chanted slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ and ‘Indian Army Zindabad’. The passengers were received by officials from the Ministry of External Affairs and other government agencies at the airport.
The evacuated individuals were mostly employees of Indian companies working in Sudan, along with their family members. The Government of India had been working closely with Indian companies in Sudan to identify and evacuate Indian nationals from the conflict zone.
“Operation Kaveri is an example of our commitment towards the safety and security of our citizens, wherever they may be in the world,” said a spokesperson from the Ministry of External Affairs. “We are grateful to the Government of Sudan and the Indian Embassy in Khartoum for their cooperation in facilitating the evacuation.”
The Ministry of External Affairs has stated that several more flights will be operated in the coming days to evacuate more Indian nationals from Sudan. The Indian Embassy in Khartoum has also set up a helpline for Indian nationals in Sudan to provide them with information and assistance.
The evacuation of Indian nationals from Sudan has been a major priority for the Government of India since the conflict in the region began. ‘Operation Kaveri’ is a testament to the government’s commitment to the welfare of its citizens, and the safe return of Indian nationals from Sudan is expected to bring much relief to their families and loved ones back home.