Sudan: Over 1,700 Indians moved out of conflict zones, 600 sent home


More than 1,700 Indian nationals in Sudan have been moved out of conflict zones, and the government’s priority is to get every citizen out of harm’s way as soon as possible, according to foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra.

With some still trapped in highly volatile conflict zones and access to areas outside the capital city of Khartoum difficult, the Indian side is ensuring that Indian nationals are quickly moved by road to Port Sudan, from where they are ferried in warships and military aircraft to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

Kwatra revealed during a press brief on Operation Kaveri “Our objective and target is to take stranded Indians out of harm’s way as early as possible.”

Following the start of a 72-hour ceasefire on Tuesday, the country’s effort to get its citizens out of Sudan.

While some ceasefires declared by forces loyal to Sudan Army Chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and his deputy-turned-rival, Gen Mohamed Hamdan Daglo, who heads the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), were only partially successful, the latest truce is “holding by and large,” he said, adding that there have been reports of sporadic firing and fighting in some parts of Khartoum.