Thursday, Jun 30, 2022

Govt Committed To Evacuate Indians From Afghanistan: EAM Jaishankar

Government data shows, India has evacuated 565 people from Afghanistan so far

India committed to evacuate its nationals from Afghanistan: Jaishankar. (File photo)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday assured that the government is committed to "full evacuation" of Indians from war ravaged Afghanistan, where the situation is “critical” following Taliban takeover of the country.

Jaishankar said this after briefing the political leaders during the all-party meet on the Afghanistan situation.

"You will have to keep patience: Let the situation settle down," he said over questions on the government’s approach towards Taliban.

Besides Jaishankar, Union minister and Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi were also present during the briefing on the latest situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban captured power there last week.

As per the evacuation data shared among the participants at the meet, the government has evacuated --175 Embassy Personnel, 263 other Indian Nationals, 112 Afghan Nationals including Hindus and Sikhs, 15 third country nationals and the total figure stood at 565.

The document also said the government also facilitated evacuation of Indians by other agencies.

NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, DMK's T R Baalu, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, Apna Dal's Anupriya Patel are among those attending the meet.

Jaishankar said,"on this (Afghanistan) matter all political parties have similar views, we approached the issue with spirit of national unity." (With PTI inputs)