New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday briefed the Union Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, about the government's efforts to rescue Indian citizens trapped in strife-torn Yemen.
"The issue of Indians trapped in Yemen was discussed in great detail in the Cabinet. The External Affairs Minister briefed the Cabinet on it. Government of India has worked very effectively in this matter.
"She briefed in detail about the steps taken by the government," Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters at the Cabinet briefing.
Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh today headed for Djibouti to oversee the evacuation of around 4,000 Indians from strife-torn Yemen as India launched a major operation to rescue its citizens by deploying five ships and four aircraft.
Two warships and an offshore patrol vessel of Indian Navy have been pressed into service besides two other passenger ships while Indian Air Force has put on standby two C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft.
Air India has also stationed two 180-seater Airbus A320 planes in Muscat for evacuation of Indians from Yemen's capital Sanaa to Djibouti whenever clearence is given by the concerned authorities.
Singh today left for Djibouti, a neighbour of Yemen and across the Red Sea, to oversee the entire evacuation operation christened 'Operation Raahat'.