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Indian Embassy in Yemen shifted to Djibouti

Lok Sabha

New Delhi: In view of the worsening situation in Yemen’s capital Sana’a, India has shifted its embassy to Djibouti, adjoining the war-torn country, after the “successful” conclusion of the process to evacuate its nationals, government informed the Lok Sabha today.

Under the operation ‘Raahat’, 6,688 people were evacuated from Yemen, including 4,741 Indians and 1,947 foreign nationals by air and sea routes, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a suo motu statement.

“I am glad to inform this August House that operation ‘Raahat’ conducted for the evacuation of Indian nationals from war-torn Yemen has been a resounding success, well-acknowledged by the international community.

“We not only managed to safely evacuate 4,741 Indians but also 1,947 foreign nationals from 48 countries till 18 April under most difficult circumstances,” she said.

India’s approach in the evacuation process has been guided by the spirit of ‘vasudev kutumbakam’ (the whole world is one), Swaraj said.

While giving details about the evacuation process and related developments, she said, “in view of the worsening security situation in Sana’a and after the successful conclusion of the evacuation process, we have relocated our Embassy to Djibouti on April 15.”

She said the Indian Embassy would continue to operate from Djibouti till situation returns to normal in Yemen.

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