Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded the efforts of the defence and the external affairs ministry, the Indian Air Force and other agencies and departments for the successful execution of ‘Operation Sankat Mochan that involved evacuation of Indians from war-torn South Sudan.
Modi also hailed the efforts of national carrier Air India and the Railways.
The Prime Minister spoke to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as well as Minister of State for External Affairs Gen (retd) V K Singh, who went to South Sudan to lead the operation, to congratulate them.
“The Prime Minister has welcomed all our Indian sisters & brothers who have returned from South Sudan,” the PMO said. “PM spoke to EAM @SushmaSwaraj ji & MoS @Gen_VKSingh ji & congratulated them for their efforts in rescuing Indians,” it added in a tweet.
“PM congratulated RM @manoharparrikar, IAF, the Railways, @airindiain for their role in Operation #SankatMochan,” the PMO said. “Operation #SankatMochan Safely out of the danger zone. The first flight makes a technical halt at Entebbe, Uganda,” V K Singh had tweeted last night.
More than 146 Indians stranded in South Sudan’s capital Juba were evacuated yesterday.