Operation Ganga: PM Modi Dials & Thanks Slovak PM Heger For Evacuation

| Updated: 01 March, 2022 5:10 pm IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his gratitude to Eduard Heger, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic yesterday over a telephonic conversation for facilitating the safe evacuation of the stranded Indian citizens from Ukraine.

Bordered by Ukraine to the east, the Central European state Slovak Republic has accepted India’s appeal for permitting special evacuation flights from India. During the telephonic conversation, PM Modi urged PM Heger for Slovak Republic’s continued assistance in the next few days.

In their conversation, Slovak-supremo, Prime Minister Modi underscored the importance of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nations. He also expressed his anguish over the armed conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Even in his tele-conversation with President Putin of Russia on Thursday, PM Modi urged for cessation of hostilities and resolve the issue with Ukraine via dialogue.

Prime Minister yesterday also briefed the Slovak PM about the deployment of Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Law & Justice as his special envoy to oversee the evacuation efforts of Indian citizens.

In addition to Kiren Rijiju, India has deputed three other Union ministers to visit the neighbouring states of Ukraine to co-ordinate and oversee the evacuation of Indian nationals from Ukraine. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister of Civil Aviation will visit Romania and Moldova, Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas will co-ordinate and oversee evacuation-operations in Hungary. VK Singh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Road Transport is expected to depart for Poland soon.

“Besides ensuring safe and dignified evacuation, the ministerial visit will strengthen Indian’s contact with the local governments of those neighbouring states of Ukraine. The visit will also present India an opportunity to directly engage those states on India’s position,” said an official from the Ministry of External Affairs to The New Indian.

Apart from the embassies and missions, the Ministry of External Affair’s control room for the Ukraine crisis has received at least 8,000 telephone calls and processed nearly 6,000 emails in the last few days, spokesperson of MEA said to The New Indian.

On being requested by Kyiv, India has agreed to send humanitarian aid and medicines to Ukraine. Under the Operation Ganga, six flights have so far returned to India with evacuees from the conflict zone and the seventh flight is expected to evacuate at least 182 Indian nationals from Romania’s capital Bucharest.

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