Moving Indian Ambassador and Kabul Embassy staff to India was difficult and complicated: EAM Dr. S Jaishankar

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Foreign Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar said on Tuesday that moving the Indian Ambassador and Embassy staff from Kabul to India was a difficult and complicated exercise. Speaking to Twitter, he also thanked “everyone whose cooperation and facilitation made it possible.”

In a press release, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) said the move ended in two phases and the ambassador and all other India-based staff arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday afternoon. .

“We have periodically issued travel and security advisories for all Indian nationals in Afghanistan, given the deteriorating security situation there. Indians are stranded in this country, some of whom are employed by organizations in third countries. Our immediate priority is to obtain accurate information on all Indian nationals currently in Afghanistan. They and / or their employers are urged to urgently share relevant details with the special service of the MEA Afghan Cell: Phone: + 91-11-49016783, + 91-11-49016784, + 91-11-49016785. WhatsApp: +91 80106 11290. E-mail: SituationRoom@mea.gov.in, ”the statement read.

“For Afghan nationals, our visa services will continue through an electronic emergency visa service, which has been extended to Afghan nationals. It is accessible through our electronic visa portal at https: / /indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/ Registration We have already received requests from leaders of Afghan Sikh and Hindu communities, and we are in contact with them, ”he added.

The MEA further stated that the main challenge for travel to and from Afghanistan is the operational status of the Kabul airport. This has been discussed at a high level with our partners, including by EAM with the US Secretary of State, he added. “The Indian government is committed to ensuring the safe return of all Indian nationals and will put in place flight arrangements once Kabul airport is opened for commercial operations,” the ministry said.

Earlier today, the Indian Air Force C-17 Globemaster plane carrying around 150 people, including diplomats, officials, security personnel and stranded Indians, touched down at Hindon Air Base near the national capital around 5 pm after a brief stop. in Jamnagar in Gujarat.

It was the second evacuation flight as another C-17 plane brought back about 40 people from Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKI) on Monday as part of the emergency evacuation mission of the India which was carried out after coordination with the relevant authorities, including US security officials at the airport in the Afghan capital.

This is the second time that India has evacuated all its staff from the embassy in Kabul after a similar exercise carried out in 1996 when the Taliban first seized power.

Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Rudrendra Tandon told media in Jamnagar that the situation in Kabul is now complex and “fairly fluid”, and that the Indians remaining stuck in the city will be brought home when commercial flight services resume. .

“Glad to be back home safe and sound. We are a very big mission. We are a mission of 192 people who were evacuated from Afghanistan literally in three days in a very orderly way in two phases,” he said. -he declares.

(With PTI inputs)

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Posted on: Tuesday Aug 17, 2021 7:06 PM IST


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