New Delhi: In a bid to rescue more than 500 Indian nationals stranded in South Sudan, a region plagued with war, Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh on Thursday left for South Sudan to execute “Operation Sankat Mochan”.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday had said that General VK Singh would be leading the operation and will be accompanied by Secretary Amar Sinha, JS Satbir Singh and Director Anjani Kumar.

“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,” said Sushma Swaraj.

VK Singh, who is a former Army chief, flew in a C-17 Globemaster Indian Air Force aircraft for the South Sudan capital Juba. The aircraft will be landing at Juba 11AM local time and all the Indian nationals with valid documents will be taken onboard.




The United Nations has expressed concern over renewed fighting in South Sudan where clash between different factions of the government has led to the death of more than 300 civilians.