'Contact immediately': MEA releases list of updated phone numbers, e-mail ID for Indians in Afghanistan
The Ministry of External Affairs has released updated mobile numbers, WhatsApp numbers and email id to coordinate repatriation if Indian nationals stranded in Afghanistan, which is now under the control of the Taliban.
For effective coordinate of repatriation and other requests from the war-ravaged country, the Indian government requested the Indian nationals to immediately contact the Special Afghanistan Cell through the below-mentioned contact details.
Phone numbers: +91-11-49016783, +91-11-49016784, +91-11-49016785
WhatsApp numbers: +91 8010611290, +91 9599321199, +91 7042049944
MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi took to Twitter to announce the helpline numbers and email id to coordinate the repatriation of the Indian nationals in Afghanistan.
Ministry of External Affairs has set up a Special Afghanistan Cell to coordinate repatriation and other requests from Afghanistan. "We urge all Indian nationals in Afghanistan requiring assistance to contact our Special Afghanistan Cell immediately for support," the external affairs stated.
Ever since the Taliban took control over Afghanistan, the MEA has repeatedly assured that it is in touch with the representatives of Afghan Sikh and Hindu communities and will facilitate their repatriation to India who wishes to leave the war-torn country.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said that the Indian government is working with the US and other countries to bring stranded Indians from Afghanistan.
"We are working with international partners in this regard, principally the US, because they control the airport," Jaishankar said while addressing reporters at the UN Security Council.
The External Affairs Minsiter informed that France helped India in the repatriation process and took back some Indians to Paris from Afghanistan.
"So, I think that was the right thing to do. But in terms of the longer perspective, we have a historical relationship with the Afghan people and I think that relationship will continue to guide our thoughts," he said.