Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar: Safety of Africans is an article of faith

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar assured African students in the country that India will take steps in tackling the problems faced by them

New Delhi: India yesterday continued its damage control exercise in the wake of string of assaults on African nationals with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar assuring that safety and security of the community is an “article of faith” for the government even as a cab driver was beaten up allegedly by a group of Africans, in an apparent backlash.


The issues raised by the African students, included problems in getting accommodation and the need for sensitising police force while dealing with them. Pic for Representation.

“Foreign Secretary to students: Ensuring safety and security of foreign students is an article of faith for us,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

The issues raised by the African students, included visa issues, problems in getting accommodation and the need for sensitising police force while dealing with them. On his part, Jaishankar assured them that India shares their concerns and will take steps to address the problems being faced by them.

Meanwhile, a senior MEA official yesterday met the family of Masonda Ketada Oliver, the deceased Congolese national, who was killed in a brawl here on May 20 and assured them of a speedy trial in the case and prosecution of all those responsible for the crime as per law. The official also informed them that the government of India would bear all expenses related to dispatch of mortal remains of Oliver. Oliver’s family members thanked the Indian government for its assistance.

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New Delhi: A cab driver was beaten up allegedly by a group of Africans in the wee hours of Monday in south Delhi’s Rajpur Khurd. The incident took place around 4 am when the cab driver Nuruddin, went to pick up passengers from Rajpur Khurd in Mehrauli. An altercation took place between Nuruddin and the group when he refused to accommodate all six of them in his cab. The group then allegedly attacked him and ran away. A case has been registered and efforts are on to identify the other accused persons.

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