Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan thanks PM Modi and Ministry of External Affairs for Afghan evacuation

by Kerala | 22-08-2021 | 373 views

Trivandrum : Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday (August 22) said the Centre’s efforts to evacuate Indian nationals including Keralites from war-torn Afghanistan was "commendable". 

In a tweet, CM Pinarayi Vijayan thanked the Ministry of External Affairs and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for evacuation and repatriation of Indian nationals from Afghanistan, which has been under the fear of the Taliban since the militant group captured Kabul on August 15. 

"@MEAIndia & @PMOIndia's effort in the evacuation and repatriation of Indian nationals including Keralites is commendable. Thank you for ensuring the safety of all Indians. Keralites requiring assistance can contact Norka roots or MEA's 24x7 Special Afghanistan cell," Vijayan tweeted.

On Sunday, India evacuated at least 400 people, including 329 of its nationals and two Afghan lawmakers, in three different flights, PTI reported. Around 107 Indians and 23 Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, were flown from Kabul to the Hindon airbase near Delhi in a C-17 heavy-lift military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).

India executed the evacuation missions in coordination with the US, Qatar, Tajikistan and several other friendly countries. 

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