Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the central government had launched 'Operation Kaveri' to bring back stranded Indians from conflict-ridden Sudan.
Interestingly, the Choice of naming this operation as 'Operation Kaveri' has a lot of significance as it resonates with the operation in Ukraine as 'Operation Ganga', both after the names of two major Indian rivers.
"Rivers reach their destination irrespective of barriers. It's like a mother who will ensure she will bring her children back to safety," a top Government source explained on the naming of these operations.
While addressing the Yuvam Conclave in Kochi, PM Modi said, "Due to the civil war in Sudan, many of our people are stuck there. Therefore, we have started Operation Kaveri to bring them safely. It is being overseen by the son of Kerala and the Minister of our government, Muraleedharan."
Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Minister V. Muraleedharan will be leaving for Jeddah to oversee rescue efforts in Sudan.
Battles continue to rage in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and elsewhere between troops loyal to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and Mohamed "Hemedti" Hamdan Daglo, commander of the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
Earlier in the day, Indian Minister S. Jaishankar informed that its 'Operation Kaveri' to evacuate its citizens from battle-torn Sudan is underway and about 500 Indians had reached Port Sudan. India has launched "Operation Kaveri" to bring back stranded Indians from war-torn Sudan.