New Delhi, Nov 21 : Indian Naval Ship Airavat has arrived at the Port of Mombasa in Kenya in the continuation of the ongoing Mission Sagar II. The Govt of India, through the humanitarian mission, is providing assistance to Friendly Foreign Countries to overcome natural calamities and COVID-19 pandemic, and INS Airavat is carrying food aid for the people of South Sudan, on the same line.
The Ministry of Defence in a statement said that the strong bonds of friendship and brotherly relations between India and countries in Africa have been forged and strengthened over several centuries. India has always stood in solidarity with the countries and people in Africa and has partnered in undertaking development, capacity building and humanitarian assistance programmes.
The Mission Sagar-II is aligned with Prime Minister’s vision of SAGAR -Security and Growth for All in the Region. It ingeminates India’s position as a dependable partner in Indian Ocean Region (IOR) with Indian Navy as the principal maritime agency and first responder in the maritime domain. The mission highlights the significance accorded by India to relations with South Sudan and further strengthens the existing bond.
Mission Sagar-II is in line with the Mission Sagar undertaken by the Govt of India in May-June 2020. According to the mission, INS Airavat is set to deliver food aid to the African states of Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti and Eritrea. The Indian Navy is progressing this mission in close coordination with the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, and other agencies of the Indian Govt. The assistance is in line with India’s role as the first responder in the IOR.
Vision Sagar was launched by the Govt of India in 2015, in order to deepen economic and security cooperation with it's maritime neighbours.