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Operation Kaveri: India Thanks Saudi Arabia for ‘Excellent Support’ in Sudan

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Operation Kaveri - Sputnik India, 1920, 27.04.2023
Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said that "no Indian will be left behind" in Sudan as New Delhi’s evacuations pick pace.
New Delhi has said that it has received “excellent support” from the Saudi Arabian authorities in ongoing evacuations of Indian nationals from Sudan, Indian foreign secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra said on Thursday.
“We have been working very closely with the leadership of Saudi Arabia,” Kwatra told a press briefing as he expressed New Delhi’s “gratitude” to Riyadh for its efforts.
India has set up three control rooms—one in Port Sudan, one in Jeddah and another one in New Delhi—to coordinate the evacuations, and receieved “excellent support and cooperation from Saudi Arabia with regards to the arrangement in Jeddah,” the Indian official underscored.
He noted that Indian evacuation operations were being coordinated through “triangulation” of efforts between Sudan, Jeddah and New Delhi.
Jeddah has also served as the base of two Indian C-130 J transport planes which have been deployed there to carry out evacuations from Sudan. Besides, two Indian naval vessels—INS Sumedha and INS Teg—are also doing rounds between Port Sudan and Jeddah.

Kwatra added that another Indian vessel—INS Tarkash—has been deployed in the region to expedite the evacuation process.

The Indian official further noted that New Delhi was in touch with both the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in view of the evacuation operations from the country.
“We have always enjoyed a good relationship with all the stakeholders in Sudan… India stands for development partnership. The Sudanese see Indian nationals as good citizens,” remarked Kwatra.
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Nearly 2,000 Indians Brought out of Conflict Zone

Nearly 3,500 Indians and a 1,000 PIOs were in Sudan before April 15, when the fighting broke out.
2,000 Indians have so far been evacuated from the “conflict zones”, including those who are on their way to Port Sudan from Khartoum, those in Jeddah and ones already back to India.
Around 600 evacuated Indians have already landed in India on two separate flights from Jeddah.
“Our focus has been to take out the Indians from the conflict zones to safer areas as soon as possible and then to bring them back home," he said.
According to Kwatra, most of the Indians in the country were “concentrated” in a few regions—in and around Khartoum city, Omdurman and Port Sudan.
Kwatra said that availability of diesel for buses in which Indians from different points were being evacuated was a “logistical challenge”.
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