New Delhi: The Indian Consulate in Sydney was today evacuated in view of the hostage situation in a cafe near its premises and all the staff members are safe, the External Affairs Ministry Monday said.
There has been a sharp increase in cases related to problems faced by Indian crew members on the coast of Dubai and Northern Emirates, Indian diplomats here have said, admitting that they have received many SOS calls in the recent past.
In keeping with the 'Swachh Bharat' campaign, the Indian Consulate here undertook a massive cleanliness drive at its premises and is being hailed as a model of 'Swachh Consulate,' setting an example for other Indian missions and posts abroad to take up similar efforts.
Indian aid worker Father Alexis Prem Kumar Antonysamy, who was recently kidnapped in Afghanistan by some unidentified militants, has been located to the Gulran district of Herat province in Afghanistan.
The US has condemned the attack on the Indian consulate in Herat and said America will keep working on the security situation with Afghanistan as the war-torn nation transitions to a "different period".
The UN on Friday condemned the attack on the Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Herat in which four heavily-armed gunmen launched an assault on the complex and were subsequently killed in an encounter.
Condemning the attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan, Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said such acts of violence will not weaken New Delhi`s resolve to assist Kabul in building a strong and stable country.
Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi spoke to Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha and assured support to the staff at the Indian consulate that was attacked by gunmen, an official said on Friday.
The Indian consulate in New York dismissed as "ridiculous" suggestions that there was any connection between the detention of a US police official in New Delhi and the earlier arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade here.
The United Nations Security Council has condemned the suicide bomb attack near Indian Consulate in Jalalabad that left 12 persons dead, calling for the need to bring perpetrators of this act of terrorism to justice.