More evacuation of Indians from Egypt, if needed: Rao

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New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) India today said it could carryfurther evacuation of its nationals from violence-marred Cairoif the situation warranted and termed as "unfortunate" thethreat and intimidation the media was facing there.

Asking the Indian media to be in close touch with theEmbassy there, Foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said "ourAmbassador and Embassy in Cairo have been working overtime toattend the needs of our media and responding to any requestfor help and support."

Noting that there were about 3600 Indian nationalsliving across Egypt, including Cairo and Alexandria, she said"security of our nationals, media, students and citizensliving there and working there, is paramount."

She said the Indian mission was in touch with theIndian community, including 1,037 students at Al-Azharuniversity and they were fine.

"We have evacuated 500 people recently.....If thesituation warrants more evacuation will be arranged. But as ofnow, no evacuation is being contemplated. But it will alldepend on how the situation develops", the Foreign Secretarysaid.

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