PM Modi chairs high level meet to discuss situation of Indians stuck in Sudan
21 April, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a high-level meeting today to assess the situation of Indians stranded in Sudan.
Indian in Sudan: Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a high-level meeting today to assess the situation of Indians stranded in Sudan.
The meeting was attended by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Chief of Naval Staff of India, Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhary, Ambassador of India to Republic of Sudan, Ambassador of India to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Indian Embassy of Riyadh.
This comes a day after India described the situation in Sudan as “very tense,” emphasising the importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of the Indian community. It stated that the government is developing contingency plans for potential evacuation.
According to reports, a corridor is likely to be formed to evacuate the Indians during the 72-hour ceasefire. It has been reported that Saudi Arabia will likely aid airlifting Indian citizens and that sea and air routes will also be made for rescue missions.
Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Thursday met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and discussed the current developments in Sudan.
“We had a very good meeting. Most of our meeting was on the Sudan situation. We also discussed the G20, and Ukraine conflict, but essentially it was about Sudan,” the EAM told ANI.
“In Sudan, the UN is trying to establish a ceasefire and that is really key because at the moment, unless there is a ceasefire and unless there are corridors, it’s not safe for people really to come out,” Jaishankar said.