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India wraps up Operation Kaveri

External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar appreciated the spirit, perseverance and courage of all those involved in Operation Kaveri from the Indian embassy in Khartoum.

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Operation Kaveri has ended with as many as 3,862 people rescued from strife-torn Sudan. Five Indian Naval Ships and 17 Indian Air Force aircraft, including one from the Wadi Sayyidna military airport, were used in the operation. 86 Indian nationals were evacuated through countries bordering Sudan.

Additionally, the Indian Embassy in Riyadh informed of the closing of the transit facility established at the International Indian School in Jeddah for Sudanese evacuees. According to the embassy's tweets, the facility offered comfort to more than 3,500 refugees and functioned as a hub for organising their travel to India.

On the mission, External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar  tweeted, “Applaud the spirit, perseverance and courage of all those involved in Operation Kaveri. Our embassy in Khartoum showed exceptional dedication in this difficult time. Efforts by Team India stationed in Saudi Arabia and MEA Rapid Response Cell coordinating in India were commendable”, confirming in another tweet that an Indian Air Force C130 J flight holding 47 passengers landed in India on May 5. “Moving passengers to Port Sudan from various locations across the country in precarious security circumstances was a complex exercise “, he said.

Jaishankar highlighted the risk undertaken to execute the flight from Wadi Sayyidna and also thanked Saudi Arabia for assisting in the safe evacuation of Indians. The Minister also acknowledged the assistance of Chad, Egypt, France, South Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the United Nations.