As the coronavirus continues to leave many stranded across the world due to lockdown regulations and the suspension of international flights, the Tunisian army has secretly repatriated 25 stranded Indian citizens on a special military aircraft, reported Indian English-language daily newspaper Tribune India.
The group of 25 Indians were flown to Delhi on a special military aircraft that landed at Gandhi International Airport, the Tribune India said.
According to English-language regional newspaper the North Africa Post, the plane was on its way to bring back home Tunisian citizens stranded in India, Vietnam and Thailand, and as a special gesture, the authorities allowed the airlifting of the Indian nationals.
Tunisian ambassador to India Nejmeddine Lakhal said 16 Tunisians were flown out of India, the North Africa Post reported.
The ambassador said that the solidarity between the countries has always been a priority.
“Helping each other and in particular in difficult times, as it happened during the evacuation of Indian citizens from Libya, is a very normal situation for us,” Lakhal said.
“I am extremely happy that our Indian friends could make it back to their homeland”.
Since the first case of coronavirus emerged from the Chinese town of Wuhan in December, worldwide over 5.6 million people have been infected by the novel coronavirus, while 349,290 people have died due to complications related to the disease.
Tunisia has 1,051 coronavirus infections, while 919 people have recovered from the virus.
Sadly, 48 Tunisian citizens have died due to coronavirus related complications, reports real-time tracker Worldometers.