Nepal says committed to rescue Nepalese stranded in Libya
Last Updated: Sunday, February 27, 2011, 21:09
Kathmandu: As the situation worsens in Libya, Nepal's government on Sunday said that it will leave no stone unturned to bring its over 3,000 stranded citizens back to safety.

Talking to reporters in Kathmandu, government spokesperson and Minister without Portfolio, Ganga Lal Tuladhar, who is also the coordinator of the rescue shell, said it is the government's responsibility to ensure the security of Nepalis left in lurch in Libya.

He said over 3,000 Nepalese citizens are presently in Libya and of them, 109 have returned safely so far while another 127 are set to arrive on Sunday.

The government said it has already provided USD 30,000 to its embassy in Egypt for the rescue of around 562 Nepalis who reached Alexandria of Egypt for safety following the political unrest in Libya.

Tuladhar said national manpower companies and international organisations have been urged to provide support for the rescue of Nepalese nationals.

The government had formally granted work permit to Nepalese labourers in Libya last year, according to Secretary at the Ministry of Labour and Management Dineshhari Adhikari.

In this period, 10 manpower companies sent Nepalese workers there. Of them, four have already called back the people they had sent, he said.


First Published: Sunday, February 27, 2011, 21:09

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