India urges nationals to leave South Sudan

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 24, 2013 15:54 hrs

After two Indian soldiers on UN peacekeeping were killed in an attack in the world's newest country South Sudan, the Ministry of External Affairs in India on Tuesday said they are monitoring the situation in that African nation and has issued an advisory for its nationals there to leave the country.

Two Indian peacekeepers were killed in an attack by about 2,000 rebels in a base in South Sudan´s Jonglei state recently.

MEA Official Spokesperson in response to a question on the evolving security situation in South Sudan, said: "We are closely monitoring the political developments and the evolving security situation in South Sudan."

"The Indian Embassy in Juba is in close contact with the Indian community members in South Sudan for ensuring their safety and security. In view of the deteriorating security situation, the Mission has also issued an Advisory to the Indian nationals to leave South Sudan at the earliest," he said.

"A significant number of Indian nationals have left South Sudan by availing the facility of commercial flights which are operating from Juba and also through the road links, including the link to the Ugandan border, which are open for public transport. Our Mission in Juba is providing all assistance in facilitating relocation of Indian nationals," he said.

The spokesperson said the Mission is closely liaising with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), particularly the Indian Battalion of UNMISS, in monitoring the evolving security situation and has availed their assistance in evacuating Indian nationals stranded in remote areas such as Bor (Jonglei State).

While two members of the Indian contingent in UNMISS lost their lives another was injured during an attack on UNMISS compound at Akobo in Jonglei State of South Sudan on Dec 19.

The role played by the Indian Battalion of UNMISS under difficult circumstances in South Sudan has been widely appreciated.
Ministry of External Affairs is also in touch with the South Sudan Embassy in New Delhi which has assured all assistance of its government in ensuring safety and security of Indian nationals and Indian Embassy in South Sudan.

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