Navy, Yemen & Evacuation: Creative Diplomacy at its Best


When India began its Operation Rahat, an estimated 4,000 Indians were stranded in Yemen. The three Indian naval ships, operating along with the Air Force, two passenger ships and Air India has rescued almost all of them.

India's successful evacuation of its citizens from the war-torn Yemen has been appreciated globally. As many as 26 countries including the US, France, Germany, Egypt, Singapore, Iraq and Lebanon, sought the Indian government's assistance in the effort.

"There are requests from 26 countries seeking our assistance in evacuation from Yemen," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told Mail Today.

Other countries which have sought India's help in evacuation from Yemen are Sweden, Djibouti, Hungary, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Romania, Slovenia, Bahrain, Czech Republic, Cuba, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey.

The Indian military plays a significant role in protecting India’s overseas interests and with Operation Rahat, it has emerged as a potent force for creative diplomacy. Before Yemen, India’s armed forces have successfully executed rescue operations in Iraq and Ukraine.

Given our military capability, precision, sophistication and a proven track record, it’s time India considers aligning its military and diplomatic influence as part of a strategic doctrine.

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