India assists to rescue Lankans in Yemen

Thursday, 02 April 2015 - 8:14

Due to the volatile situation in Yemen, the Government of Sri Lanka said it is making arrangements to evacuate all Sri Lankans in Yemen.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement  that the Ministry in coordination with the Sri Lanka Embassy in Muscat, Oman, is exploring all possible avenues to ensure the safe return of the Sri Lankans.

Reportedly there are around 120 Sri Lankan expatriates, including students in Yemen and they are principally residing in the capital, Sana'a and other main cities, such as Hodeida, Aden and Mukalla.

The Sri Lanka Mission in Muscat is in contact with some Sri Lankans in Yemen, who are directly monitoring the welfare of the Sri Lankans in their present locations, the Ministry said.

The government has also sought the assistance of the UN Office in Sana'a and the International Organization for Migration in Colombo in the evacuation efforts.

The Ministry said it continues to closely monitor the situation in Yemen and is making every effort to ensure the safe evacuation of Sri Lankans in Yemen back home.

Meanwhile, the Indian Government has promptly agreed to the request of the Government of Sri Lanka to bring the stranded Sri Lankans along with Indian nationals in Yemen, who are to be evacuated by special flights and ships.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ajith P. Perera, instructed the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi and the Sri Lanka Embassy in Muscat to communicate with the Ministry of External Affairs of India and the Indian Embassies in Muscat and Sana'a to coordinate the evacuation process.

Families of the Sri Lankans in Yemen have been requested to provide the contact details of their relatives to the Ministry.

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