External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his role in evacuating Indians from Yemen. Elaborating how Indians were evacuated from the war-torn country, she said the Saudi King was persuaded to halt firing for a while. She said, “It was not an easy feat.” India had evacuated 6,700 people, including the nationals of 41 countries, under the ‘Operation Raahat’ in March-April of 2015 when internal strife in the Arab nation grew out of control, as per PTI report. This happened during a military intervention by Saudi Arabia and its allies during the Yemeni Crisis. After evacuation by sea from Aden airport, an air evacuation was started by the Indian Air Force and Air India from Sana’a. Royal Saudi Air Force had led a coalition of Arab states in attacking rebels in Yemen. In anticipation of hostilities, India had issued advisories to Indian expatriates in Yemen to leave the country. About the Yemen issue, the Swaraj said that it was PM Modi who was able to talk to the King of Saudi Arabia and persuade him to stop firing. She added that both the governments in Saudi Arabia as well as Yemen were able to help India in the evacuation.
Swaraj has asserted that PM Modi has been shaping the global agenda. Hitting out at the Opposition for taking the dig at the PM over his frequent foreign visits, Swaraj said these tours have helped him achieve the above-mentioned success. During the Monsoon session of Parliament, the External Affairs Minister also heaped praises on PM Modi Swaraj said it was due to the success of the new foreign policy that both the US and Russia are with India and so are Israel and Palestine as also Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Meanwhile, the Congress-led opposition mounted an attack on the ruling dispensation over its foreign policies, especially in light of the Doklam standoff. Swaraj had countered the Opposition claims. Swaraj talked about the Doklam standoff involving China at the tri-junction border with Bhutan.
Talking about India’s relations in West Asia, Swaraj said that it “is at all time high”. She said that the opposition was worried that our relations with West Asia countries will end after PM Modi comes to power, but the reverse has come true, she claimed. She said, “With the concerted efforts of PM Modi, India, today has become the country shaping the global agenda.”
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Swaraj also spoke about the Israel Palestine issue, where she claimed that Israel is a friend but India will not leave the cause of Palestine. She said that PM Modi’s foreign policy has ensured that India has friends on every side of geopolitics. She added that India is an ally to EU and Britain, Saudi Arabia and Yemen, Israel and Palestine.