Diarytimes Media Network, Shimla Published by : Kumud Sharma, Updated April 21, 2023 by Diary Times
According to the official statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed all concerned authorities to remain vigilant, closely monitor developments and continuously evaluate the security of Indians in Sudan.
He made the remarks while chairing a meeting on Friday on the aftermath of the Sudan crisis that has put the lives of thousands of Indians at stake in the capital city Khartoum. Currently over 3,000 Indians are stranded in the crisis-hit country.
“Prime Minister Modi directed all concerned authorities to remain vigilant, closely monitor developments and continuously assess the safety of Indian nationals in Sudan and provide all possible assistance to them. directed accounting for the shifting security from the scenario and the feasibility of various alternatives,” the statement read.
PM Modi stressed the importance of maintaining close communication with the neighboring countries in the Sudan region as well as with the large number of citizens in Sudan.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, India’s Ambassador to Sudan BS Mubarak and several other senior officials were present at the briefing.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi took stock of the recent developments in Sudan and received a firsthand report on the ground situation with a special focus on the safety of Indian nationals currently based across the country.
During the meeting, PM Modi condoled the demise of an Indian who fell victim to a stray bullet last week.
A week ago, the Indian Embassy in Sudan informed that an Indian working in a Dal Group company in Sudan, identified as Albert Augustine, was killed by a stray bullet.
The Indian Embassy in Sudan tweeted, “The Embassy is in touch with the family and medical authorities to make further arrangements.”
External Affairs Minister Jaishankar met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on April 20 and discussed the developments in Sudan.
Jaishankar told ANI, “We had a very good meeting. Most of our meeting was on the situation in Sudan. We also discussed G20 and Ukraine conflict, but essentially it was about Sudan.”
Jaishankar said that the Government of India is in constant touch with its citizens trapped in the midst of conflict and violence in Sudan.
EAM said, “Our team in Delhi is in constant touch with Indians in Sudan, advising them. We know it is very difficult for everyone, but stay calm and don’t take unnecessary risks. I hope Efforts will yield something very soon.” ,
Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also said that the ministry is in touch with the Indian Embassy in Sudan.
Fighting has intensified between forces loyal to Sudan’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, who commands the paramilitary Rapid Support Force (RSF).
The conflict began when a 2021 coup between Sudan’s military leader and his deputy in the ruling council derailed plans to transition to a civilian democracy following the fall of longtime dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019 . End of 2023.