EAM Jaishankar thanks Chinese FM Wang Yi for help in evacuation of Indians from Wuhan

EAM Jaishankar thanks Chinese FM Wang Yi for help in evacuation of Indians from Wuhan

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday thanked his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi for China's cooperation within the evacuation of a gaggle of Indians from Wuhan city in Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

After his telephonic conversation with Wang, Jaishankar, during a tweet, said each side agreed to remain in-tuned as China addressed the challenge of the coronavirus.

India on Friday sent an Air India flight to bring back Indians stuck in Wuhan after China granted the specified permission.

"Called Chinese State Councilor and secretary of state Wang Yi today to thank him for the cooperation extended by the Chinese government for the departure of Indian students and professionals from Wuhan. As China deals with the #coronavirus challenge, we agreed to remain in-tuned ," Jaishankar tweeted.

The price within the coronavirus outbreak in China has climbed to 213 while the amount of confirmed cases rose to 9,692, consistent with Chinese authorities.

Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 5,806 confirmed cases, including 204 deaths. Many countries, including India, have reported confirmed cases of the virus in travellers coming from China.

In the wake of the outbreak of the virus, India reached bent over 600 Indians living in Hubei province to determine their willingness to be brought back to India.

India approached Chinese authorities to permit it to send two flights to Wuhan and therefore the permission was granted last evening.

"We have established contact with over 600 Indians across the province and are individually ascertaining their willingness to be repatriated.

"Our Mission in Beijing is functioning round-the-clock on the bottom to figure out the required logistics," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday.

An Air India official said another flight is probably going to be sent to Wuhan on Saturday.