On Monday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to King Salman of Saudi Arabia for his support and cooperation in rescuing approximately 4000 Indians stranded in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia, backed by regional Sunni Muslim allies, is carrying out airstrikes against Shi'ite Houthi fighters battling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.
Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs, tweeted out the exchanged between the two leaders.
PM @narendramodi & King Salman discuss situation in Yemen telephonically. India assured of all help to evacuate our nationals safely.— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia) March 30, 2015
400 Indians had already been evacuated from Aden by sea, according to Akbaruddin, who said Indian Navy and Indian Air Force would be deployed in further rescue operations.
India deploying naval, air assets in effort to evacuate nationals from Yemen.March 30, 2015
Navy officials said two stealth frigate ships had left Mumbai for Yemen, IANS reported, and two C 17 Globemaster aircrafts would fly to Djibouti on Tuesday to bring back the stranded Indians.