Evacuating Indians from Ukraine: EAM Jaishankar speaks to counterparts in Hungary, Moldova
2000 Indians have already been evacuated under Operation Ganga
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday spoke to his counterparts in Hungary and Moldova regarding the evacuation of Indian nationals from war-torn Ukraine.
Both the countries share a border with Ukraine. Hungary is already helping Indians cross through its land border with Ukraine.
Today, EAM Jaishankar requested Moldova to also facilitate the entry of Indian nationals.
He spoke to Foreign Minister of Moldova Nicu Popescu seeking his support to facilitate the entry of Indian nationals on the Ukraine-Moldova border.
"Called Foreign Minister @nicupopescu of Moldova seeking support for facilitating entry of our nationals on the Ukraine-Moldova border.
Appreciate his ready response and strong support.
#TeamMEA representatives will accordingly reach there tomorrow," the External Affairs Minister said in a tweet.
He also called up his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijjártó and thanked him for the country's support to India's evacuation effort.
"Called up Hungarian FM Peter Szijjártó.
Thankful for the evacuation support provided so far. Requested further cooperation on the Hungary-Ukraine border," Jaishankar said ina tweet.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had earlier in the day said that 2000 Indian nationals had been evacuated from war-torn Ukraine together through the land route and flown out from Romania and Hungary under Operation Ganga.
Addressing a Special Briefing on Operation Ganga, Foreign Secretary Shringla said, “So far under Operation Ganga, 1000 citizens flown out of Romania and Hungary and another 1000 have been evacuated from Ukraine through the land route.
According to estimates, about 16,000 Indian nationals, most of them students, are still trapped in Ukraine, which came under Russian invasion on Thursday morning.
Prime Minister Modi had chaired a meeting of the Cabinet Committee of Security (CCS) on Thursday evening.
During this meeting, he had emphasized that the topmost priority of the government was the safety and security of Indian nationals, including Indian students, and their evacuation from Ukraine.