Indian government has undertaken ‘Operation Kaveri’ to evacuate India nationals from violence torn Sudan. To further boost the ongoing repatriation efforts, Indian carrier IndiGo joined the mission and its flight with 231 stranded Indians has arrived at Delhi from Jeddah.
Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan tweeted, “Indigo joins #OperationKaveri.231 Indians in a flight to New Delhi from Jeddah. With this 5th outbound flight, around 1600 reached or airborne for India. Happy journey. Our Mission continues.”
Indigo joins #OperationKaveri.
231 Indians in a flight to New Delhi from Jeddah.
With this 5th outbound flight, around 1600 reached or airborne for India.
Our Mission continues. pic.twitter.com/5JtBR0sHCF
— V. Muraleedharan (@MOS_MEA) April 28, 2023
Mos MEA V Muraleedharan, on Friday, informed that so far, 2,100 Indians have arrived in Jeddah, as part of ‘Operation Kaveri’.
IndiGo Airlines said in a statement, “We have offered our services for charter flights to Jeddah under the Indian Government’s Operation Kaveri rescue mission of our citizens from Sudan. We are still awaiting details from the ministry to launch these flights, nothing has been confirmed as of yet.”
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said INS Sumedha, which is stationed at Port Sudan, had also left the crisis-hit country with 300 passengers onboard, for Jeddah. This is the 13th batch of INS Sumedha with evacuated Indians, heading to Jeddah.
Earlier, on Friday, the Indian Air Force C-130J evacuated the 10th and 11th batches of 135 passengers from Port Sudan to Jeddah after the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) agreed to extend their ceasefire amid ongoing violence in the capital Khartoum and the western Darfur region.