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EAM Sushma Swaraj Plays Saviour For Stranded Ship Near Yemen, After Officer Tweeted For Help[/caption]
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj played saviour to a vessel stuck off the coast of Yemen, after its Chief Officer tweeted an SOS to her.
“SOS @SushmaSwaraj , pls help me & my wife repatriate India from Aden, Yemen. I am chief officer in indian vessel Jag Prabha, stuck in Aden,” he tweeted.
Indian Navy Spokesperson today took to Twitter to give rough location and approach time of the force’s vessel to conflict zone in Yemen, in what seems to be breaking security protocol.
Responding to a query by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Navy Spokesperson said, on Twitter, “@SushmaSwaraj nearest Indian Naval warship is approx 350 Nautical miles East of Aden Yemen presently @SpokespersonMoD”.
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“@SushmaSwaraj @SpokespersonMoD minimum 24 hours steaming time to reach Aden, Yemen,” the Twitter handle @indiannavy said.
In a tweet exchange, the Minister asked him about the Indian nationals on board.
He responded, saying total 23 out of which nine crew are “over due”.
In a subtle reprimand, she said, “you know the situation in Yemen. You acted contrary to our advice. You want more people to land in your situation” adding “So we have to evacuate 23 and the Vessel?”
In between, the Indian Navy spokesperson gave her the location of the Indian Navy ship and time it would take to reach war torn Aden only to get a cautionary note from twitter users.
They suggested that such information should not be shared on public platform as there are many piracy incidents in the area.
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Responding to Navy spokesperson’s tweet, Swaraj tweeted, “Please rescue Indian nationals from this ship in Aden (Yemen).”
“I have requested my colleague @manoharparrikar ji to rescue Indian nationals from your ship. (sic),” she said in another tweet.
“However, we will not make any exception and permit our citizens to go to Yemen at this time,” she further said.
“We should all salute the Indian Navy,” she said in another tweet when he thanked her.