NEW DELHI, July 14: The Government of India on Thursday launched the ' Sankat Mochan' operation to evacuate Indian nationals from South Sudan, which will be led by Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh.
"Heading to Juba tmr to drive efforts under leadership of @narendramodi Ji& @SushmaSwaraj Ji to rescue stranded Indian citizens #SankatMochan," VK Singh tweeted ahead of his departure.
"We are launching OP #SankatMochan to evacuate Indian nationals from South Sudan. My colleague @Gen_VKSingh is leading this operation.He will be accompanied by Secretary Amar Sinha, JS Satbir Singh and Director Anjani Kumar. Our Ambassador is South Sudan Srikumar Menon and his team is organising this operation on the ground," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a series of tweets.
Two IAF C17's departed for South Sudan around 5 am today with VK Singh leading the operation.