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Rescue mission off to Yemen from Oman
Diplomatic Correspondent
Published : Friday, 3 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 196
A Bangladeshi rescue mission is finally on its way to evacuate the stranded Bangladeshi from the war-torn Yemen.
A four-member diplomatic mission from the Bangladesh embassies in Oman and Kuwait have air-dashed to Djibouti (state on the Gulf of Aden) on their route to a major port Aden, presently an alternative capital of exiled Yemen government.
Bangladesh has received positive response from Saudi Arabia, India and Djibouti to facilitate the repatriation of beleaguered Bangladeshi migrants in Yemen.
SM Mahbubul Alam, Counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Kuwait, which is accredited to Yemen confirmed that he too would join the team destined for Aden. Officials say this team would coordinate the entire process from the ground.
The objective of the rescue mission will verify the identity of the Bangladeshi nationals who are living in fear and those willing to be repatriated home.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam in a status in popular social media Facebook on Thursday morning said, "Our officers from Kuwait are on their way to Djibouti."
A day earlier, he said that "Dhaka is also sending on Thursday two off(ic)ers from Oman to Djib(o)uti, assigning them to travel to Eden, Yemen, and help verify/identify Bangladeshi nationals and issue necessary travel documents, if needed, to help them to be on board in a ship."
Meanwhile, India has agreed to help Bangladesh in this regard, according to the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka. He twitted, "India to assist in evacuation of Bangladesh nationals from Yemen."
Fortunately the route to Aden port remains the only passage to enter Yemen, as the minority Shia rebel Houthi militias backed by a group of renegade members of Yemen army and Iran has not been able occupy till date.
Aden is still the stronghold of exiled President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi who fled the capital Sana'a and is still recognised by United Nations and Arab League as a legitimate government.
Sea remained the only route for travelling to Yemen from outside since Houthi fighters, which emerged as the most powerful force in the Arabian Peninsula's poorest country.
The government has formally approached UN migration agency International Organisation of Migrations (IOM) and simultaneously Dhaka opened diplomatic channel with New Delhi that has attempted to return its nationals by ships.
On Wednesday night an Indian naval ship has evacuated 210 Indians from Aden and about 40 non-Indians. Delhi is yet to confirm whether some of the non-Indian rescued were Bangladeshis.

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