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Sushma Swaraj coordinates rescue mission on Twitter, Navy reveals warship’s rough location

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday coordinated a rescue mission with Indian Navy on Twitter today.

India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: February 22, 2017 23:21 IST ]
Sushma Swaraj coordinates rescue mission on Twitter
Sushma Swaraj coordinates rescue mission on Twitter

In what could have been a high-profile meeting to rescue Indian nationals from Yemen, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday coordinated a rescue mission with Indian Navy on Twitter today. 

However, the response by Indian Navy Spokesperson to a tweet by Swaraj, giving rough location and approach time of the force's vessel to conflict zone in Yemen, seems to be contrary to the security protocol laid out for armed forces.  

Responding to a query by Swaraj, Navy Spokesperson said, on Twitter, "@SushmaSwaraj nearest Indian Naval warship is approx 350 Nautical miles East of Aden Yemen presently @SpokespersonMoD". 

"@SushmaSwaraj @SpokespersonMoD minimum 24 hours steaming time to reach Aden, Yemen," the Twitter handle @indiannavy said. 

Swaraj was responding to "SOS" message on twitter from a person claiming to be Chief Officer of Indian vessel Jag Prabha which was stuck in Yemen's Aden. 

"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. 

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. 

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.

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