200 more Indians from Iraq return, over 2,000 want to come back: MEA
The flight landed here at around 0430 hours in the morning carrying the passengers.
More passengers are expected to be airlifted and brought back from Iraq over the next two days from special flights including that of Air India. The plane was chartered by the External Affairs Ministry.
This comes a day after 46 Indian nurses, who were held captive by ISIS militants in Iraq, and 137 others including 70 from Kirkuk in the northern part of Iraq, who returned in a special AI flight to Kochi via Mumbai on Saturday.
Nearly 600 Indian nationals will come back from conflict-hit Iraq over the next two days, External Affairs Ministry had said yesterday.
Meanwhile, about 2,200 Indians in non conflict zone in southern Iraq have expressed their desire to leave for home and they will be in India in the next 36 to 48 hours even as 200 others reached here early Sunday morning.
As the momentum of evacuation picked up, the facilitation process of transporting Indian nationals from Iraq is focused on the non conflict zone in southern Iraq, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson
Syed Akbaruddin told reporters on Sunday.
Four mobile teams of six persons each have been placed in Najaf, Karbala and Basra apart from Baghdad which have collected details of those who would like to leave for home.
‘Our advice to them is to leave. But if they are facing problems or are staying back because of tickets,
government of India is ready to provide them.
We are also ready to provide assistance in terms of contractual problems. Based on that our assessment is 2,200 Indian nationals have in some form or other expressed their desire to leave Iraq,’ he said.