India could consider Pak request for evacuation of its nationals from Wuhan: MEA

India could consider Pak request for evacuation of its nationals from Wuhan: MEA

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New Delhi, Feb. 6: India on Thursday said that it could consider a request from Pakistan for evacuating their nationals from Coronavirus-hit Wuhan in China.

Replying to a question during his regular weekly media briefing here, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said if resources permit, India could consider such a request from Pakistan. ``We have successfully carried out the evacuation of 640 Indian nationals and seven nationals of Maldives on two flights from Wuhan,' the spokesperson said. Pointing out that the evacuation was a complex operation, the spokesperson said these Indian nationals belong to Wuhan and nearby areas that did not show any symptoms of illness.

``We thank Chinese government for their support and facilitation during this exercise,' he added. The matter relating to nCorona Virus is being reviewed on a regular basis at a high level. He said that MEA in coordination with other ministries and institutions of the Government undertook comprehensive and precipitous steps following CoronaVirus outbreak in China.

``India has issued regular advisories on this issue. Indian nationals have been advised to refrain from travelling to China. People travelling to China henceforth will be quarantined on return,' the spokesperson said. Separately, travel to India from China on e-Visa has been temporarily suspended. This applies to the holders of Chinese passports and applicants of other nationalities residing in the mainland of China. ``We have also clarified that holders of already issued e-Visa are no longer valid. It is further clarified that existing normal visas are no longer valid. Those who have compelling reasons to visit India may contact our Embassy or our Consulates. The Visa section of our Embassy or consulates may be contacted for any clarification,' the spokesperson said. (UNI)