“All of the three crew members, as well as the wooden vessel, will be returned to the North,” the ministry told reporters in Seoul.
“We have not found anybody yet who has agreed to go back, but all our preparations are in place,” said Khaled Hossain, a senior official with the Refugee, Relief and Rehabilitation commissioner’s office.
Turkey aims to repatriate around 2,500 militants, the majority of whom will be sent to European Union nations, state broadcaster TRT Haber said, adding there were currently 813 militants at 12 deportation centres in the country.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the flights are: UAE -10 flights, Qatar - 2, Saudi Arabia - 5, UK- 7, Singapore - 5, US -7, Philippines - 5, Bangladesh - 7, Bahrain - 2, Malaysia -7, Kuwait -5, and Oman- 2.
Kerala has made some 13,000 quarantine beds, 8,000 of them in the port city of Kochi, as Air India starts its biggest evacuation since the 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
The travel would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships. The Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) has been prepared in this regard.
The repatriation operations for Pakistan expatriates in Dubai and the Northern Emirates are picking up momentum as four more flights have been scheduled to take off this week to carry around 1,000 desperate community members.
Travellers will only be accepted on these flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries.
In line with the directives of the leadership, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) said it is harnessing all resources and capabilities at its airports to help repatriate stranded foreign nationals who wish to return to their countries.
Indian Ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor has said that the government of India will work closely with the UAE authorities to ensure that repatriation of Indians is done in a smooth and efficient manner. Although, he didn’t specify any time frame for the repatriation, he stressed that the priority will be given to those who need to go back earlier.