Jaishankar thanks China for helping evacuation of Indians

Jaishankar thanks China for helping evacuation of Indians

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New Delhi, Jan 31: India on Friday thanked China for 'cooperation' extended in the evacuation of a group of Indians from Wuhan city in Hubei province as precautionary measure from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held telephonic talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. "Called Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi today to thank him for the cooperation extended by the Chinese government for the departure of Indian students and professionals from Wuhan," Dr Jaishankar tweeted.

As China deals with the corona virus challenge, both sides have "agreed to stay in touch,'' he stated. India on Friday sent an Air India flight to bring back Indians from Wuhan. Several countries, including the UK, the US, Japan and France besides India have reported confirmed cases of the virus in travellers coming from China.

In India, there was a case reported from Kerala. Sources said there will be no service and no interaction between cabin crew and passengers who will return from Wuhan. A special Air India flight to evacuate Indians is scheduled to leave on Saturday morning for home.

Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi flights have been also listed to leave with their nationals, reports from China said. There are doctors from Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in the plane, sources said. (UNI)