No evacuation of Indians from Qatar: MEA

"It is not an evacuation. There is no need for evacuation. Indians there are safe and secure. There are regional political developments because of which there is a problem in connectivity," said External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 22, 2017 9:05 pm
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The government on Thursday said all Indians in Qatar are safe and secure and special flights are being operated to facilitate travel of those who want to come home as connectivity from that country has been hit due to restrictions imposed on it by several nations. “It is not an evacuation. There is no need for evacuation. Indians there are safe and secure. There are regional political developments because of which there is a problem in connectivity,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said. He was reacting to some reports that Indians are being evacuated from that country.

Baglay said special flights are being operated as many Indians who are in Qatar and other countries wish to travel to India during the Ramzan period and for Eid. “We are aware of that there are certain difficulties in Qatar’s connectivity with its neighbours and therefore some of the Indians who wish to travel to India cannot get those connecting flights to travel to India.

“In view of the situation, it has been decided to have additional commercial flights,” he said. The government has asked Air India and Jet Airways to operate additional temporary flights to Doha to meet the massive demand ahead of Eid, due to a ban on Qatari carriers by some middle-eastern nations.

“The additional flights to Qatar are to cater to Eid /school vacation traffic. It shouldn’t be seen as evacuation as reported at some places,” Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju tweeted.

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    desert rose
    Jul 8, 2017 at 5:14 am
    Indians are being prevented from leaving Qatar now. hope sushma swaraj is doing something about this!
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    Kamal Pasha
    Jun 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm
    Yes they are safe and secure inside palace. You donot want them backs as they being earners of foreign exchange will demand jobs which you don't have .
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