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India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates pledge aid in action for the safety of Indians trapped in Sudan



New Delhi. India is closely monitoring the violent situation in Sudan and is in contact with various countries especially regarding the security of the Indians there. In this episode, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar held talks with the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the situation in conflict-torn Sudan.

External Affairs Minister Jaishankar said after a phone conversation with UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan that he discussed the situation in Sudan with his UAE counterpart. Jaishankar tweeted: “Thank you to UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the exchange of views on the situation in Sudan. Our constant coordination is helpful.

Foreign Minister Jaishankar also held talks with Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan. He tweeted: “Just spoke to Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Fahran.” We will keep in close contact.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have provided assistance
Meanwhile, government sources said the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates had assured Jaishankar of practical support on the ground. He informed that India is also working with the United Nations, which has a strong presence in Sudan.

A source associated with the government said: “The situation on the roads in Sudan is very tense and traveling under these conditions is very risky. Our priority is to keep people safe, wherever they are. On the other hand, on the issue of the condition of the Indians, he said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy are constantly monitoring the situation in Sudan. I cannot give us specific details regarding security issues.

Setting up a control room for Sudan
Along with this he said that we have set up a dedicated control room in New Delhi. “We are in constant contact with our embassy in Khartoum and receive regular reports on the situation from the Indian community. At the same time, the Indian Embassy is also reaching out to the Indian community and people in several ways including WhatsApp groups.

Significantly, for the past 6 days, a deadly conflict between the country’s army and a paramilitary group has been unfolding in Sudan, during which around a hundred people are believed to have been killed. Amid widespread violence in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, the Indian Embassy in a notice issued on Monday urged Indians not to leave their homes and to remain calm. On the other hand, on Sunday, the embassy had said that the Indian citizen injured in Khartoum after being shot died.

In its second advisory issued after the outbreak of violence in Khartoum, the Indian mission said: “Based on the latest information, the fighting has not subsided for the second day as well.” We urge Indians to stay where they are and not come out. According to official figures, about 4,000 Indians live in Sudan.

Sudan’s military seized power in a coup in October 2021 and has since ruled the country through a sovereign council. There is a constant struggle between the country’s army and powerful paramilitary forces for control of Sudan. (with language input)

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