According to the official statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave instructions to all concerned officials to maintain vigilance, closely watch the developments, and continuously evaluate the safety of Indians in Sudan.
In the wake of the Sudan situation, which has put the lives of thousands of Indians in the capital city of Khartoum in danger, he made the remarks while presiding over a meeting on Friday. Currently, there are about 3,000 Indians trapped in Sudan.
According to the statement, “Prime Minister Modi instructed all relevant officials to remain vigilant, closely monitoring developments and continuously evaluating the safety of Indian nationals in Sudan and extending them all possible assistance. The Prime Minister further directed the preparation of contingency evacuation plans, accounting for the rapidly shifting security landscape and the viability of various options.”
PM Modi highlighted the importance of staying in contact with neighboring nations in the Sudan region as well as those with a significant number of nationals living in Sudan.
The meeting was witnessed by a significant number of senior officials, including Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, India’s ambassador to Sudan, BS Mubarak, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Prime Minister Modi evaluated the most recent developments in Sudan during the meeting and got a first-hand account of the situation there, with an emphasis on the safety of Indian residents who are currently living there.
PM Modi offered his condolences during the meeting for the loss of an Indian who unfortunately died from a stray bullet last week.
An Indian working for a Dal Group Company in Sudan named Albert Augestine was killed by a stray bullet, according to information provided by the Indian Embassy in Sudan a week earlier.
The Indian Embassy in Sudan tweeted, “The embassy is in touch with family and medical authorities to make further arrangements.”
On April 20, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and External Affairs Minister Jaishankar met in New York and spoke about the developments in Sudan.
“We had a very good meeting. Most of our meeting was on the Sudan situation. We also held talks on the G20, and Ukraine conflict, but essentially it was about Sudan,” according to the statement Jayshankar gave to ANI.
“Our team in Delhi is in continuous touch with the Indians in Sudan, advising them. We know it’s very difficult for everybody but keep calm and don’t take unnecessary risk. I hope the efforts will yield something very soon,” he stated.
Arindam Bagchi, the ministry’s spokeswoman, had stated that the ministry is in talks with the Indian embassy in Sudan.
Fighting has broken out between Abdel Fattah al-Burhan’s army and Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who is in charge of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
Following the overthrow of longstanding dictator Omar al-Bashir in 2019, a plan for a transition to a civilian democracy failed by a coup in 2021 between Sudan’s military chief and his deputy on the ruling council. By the end of 2023, elections were planned.
Numerous stranded Indians have turned to social media platforms to ask for help as the conflict in Sudan continues. Prime Minister Narendra Modi convened a review meeting on Friday. Currently, there are about 3,000 Indians trapped in Sudan.
“I am hopeful that you will be able to set my worries to rest and bring back my husband and other trapped Indians from Sudan, Khartoum from the horrific situation there. Thank you for your efforts and initiative,” Meenakshi Agrawal mentioned the Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar in a tweet.
@narendramodi @DrSJaishankar I am hopeful that you will be able to set my worries to rest and bring back my husband and other trapped Indians from #sudan #khartoum from the horrific situation there. Thank you for your efforts and initiative https://t.co/b9cugBmioC
— Meenakshi agrawal (@Meenakshiagra17) April 21, 2023