India is coordinating closely with the US, UK, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to ensure the safety and security of Indian nationals in violence-hit Sudan, sources told India Today.
India is coordinating closely with the US, UK, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to ensure the safety and security of Indian nationals in violence-hit Sudan, sources told India Today. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar spoke to his counterparts in Saudi Arabia and UAE to discuss the situation in Sudan and both countries have assured their practical support on the ground.
The Indian ambassador in Washington and the Indian High Commission in London are also in touch with their respective governments to ensure the safety of Indians in Sudan. The central government is also working with the United Nations (UN) to help the stranded Indians in Sudan.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs has set up a dedicated control room in Delhi to provide information and assistance to Indians as the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and the army clash in Sudan.
The ministry said it is in continuous touch with the Indian Embassy in Khartoum and is getting regular reports of the status of the Indian community. The Indian Embassy in the Sudan capital is in touch with the community and individuals through several ways, including WhatsApp groups.
Movement is risky at the current stage as the situation is very tense in the streets, said the ministry. It added that specific details of Indians in Sudan cannot be shared due to security concerns.
Sudan has sunk into a civil war because of the power struggle between Sudan’s two coup leaders, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the army chief, and General Mohamad Hamdan ‘Hemedti’ Dagalo, the head of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), who took control of the country after ousting then civilian prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, in 2022.
According to the UN, 185 people have died in the violence, including one man from Kerala who was caught in the crossfire. An additional 1,800 people have been injured with the violence showing no signs of stopping on its fifth day.