Swaraj discusses situation in Libya, return of Indians

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 22:32

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today chaired a high-level meeting on the situation in Libya during it was decided to send a Joint Secretary-level officer to facilitate the return of Indians from the strife-torn country.

The Minister also asked for funds to be transferred from the Indian Community Welfare Fund from the UAE for use by Indian nationals in difficult circumstances in Libya, the MEA spokesperson told reporters here.

The Ministry has already issued an advisory asking Indian nationals to leave Libya at the earliest and a decision was also taken to deploy six officials in Libya and Tunisia.

Swaraj has directed the ministry to deploy a Joint Secretary-level officer to help facilitate the return of Indian nationals from Libya. The official will reach Libya soon, the spokesperson said.

The Indian Ambassador to Libya has informed that companies, which employ 450 Indian nationals in western part of Libya, have agreed to send back Indian employees at their own cost, he added.

"Tickets are being purchased for those Indian nationals who have evinced interest in returning to India. At this stage, we have confirmation of 58 nurses who would like to return to India", he said.

The Mission in Libya was working with others to ensure that all others leave their places of work. "Options are being looked at for the move of Indian nationals in eastern part of Libya, that is Benghazi and the other side to return to India," the Spokesperon said hoping the first batch of Indian nationals will start returning before the weekend.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 22:32

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