EAM Jaishankar speaks to his Omani counterpart, discusses Afghanistan situation
India has been in touch with various countries and discussing evolving situation in the war-ravaged nation
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday held talks with Badr Albusaidi Foreign Minister of Oman and discussed the Afghanistan situation and the ongoing Covid-19 related cooperation between the two countries.
Jaishankar also thanked Oman for supporting India’s repatriation flights from Kabul.
In a twitter post Jaishankar said, “Good to talk to Omani Foreign Minister @badralbusaidi Discussed Afghanistan and Covid. Thank Oman for supporting our repatriation flights.”
Earlier Jaishankar had met Badr Albusaidi in Tehran in August on the sidelines of the swearing-in of Iran’s new President Ayatollah Sayyid Ebrahim Raisi.
Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan on August 15, India has been in touch with various countries including Oman for operating repatriation flights from Kabul and Dushanbe.
Last week, the MEA said India evacuated a vast majority of Indians from Afghanistan through its ‘Operation Devi Shakti’ launched by New Delhi to repatriate its citizens from the war-torn country.
A total of 550 people including Indian nationals, Afghans and other country nationals have been brought back through 6 flights from Afghanistan, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.
Out of 550 evacuees around 260 were Indian nationals and the figure is excluding the Indian Embassy personnel, Bagchi added.
Separately, India has also facilitated the evacuation of Indian nationals through other agencies and other country partners, he stated.