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IAF aircraft brings back Indian officials from war-torn Afghanistan to Jamnagar

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An Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft that took off from Kabul on Tuesday morning with Indian officials landed in Gujarat’s Jamnagar before noon. Over 120 Indian officials, including Ambassador Rudrendra Tandon, have been brought back from the war-torn country on the aircraft to Jamnagar.

Notably, two Indian Air Force C-17 aircraft flew into Kabul on August 15 to evacuate Indian embassy personnel, including Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel who defend the mission. The first Indian aircraft left Kabul on Monday with over 45 passengers aboard under very challenging circumstances given the chaos at Kabul airport where thousands of desperate Afghans had arrived in the hope of flying out of the country.

What MEA said

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that it was decided that the ambassador and his Indian staff will move to India immediately in view of the prevailing circumstances. “In view of the prevailing circumstances, it has been decided that our Ambassador in Kabul and his Indian staff will move to India immediately,” Bagchi tweeted.

The remaining members of the Indian diplomatic and security contingent were unable to evacuate yesterday since the route to the airport was closed and there were mobs at the airport. An overnight conversation between the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who is in New York on a four-day visit, may have helped in moving the Indian personnel to Kabul airport this morning.

“Monitoring the situation in Kabul continuously. Understand the anxiety of those seeking to return to India. Airport operations are the main challenge. Discussions on with partners in that regard,” he tweeted earlier.

 

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