Fiji citizens stranded in India return home

Sugar Industry Ministry permanent secretary Yogesh Karan. Picture: FILE/ JONACANI LALAKOBAU

The Australian Government facilitated the uplift of 64 Fijians from India to Sydney, said the acting permanent secretary for Foreign Affairs, Yogesh Karan.

An Air India flight was arranged by the Australian Government to bring Australians home last week.

“The Australians gave us seats from their quota on that flight so they helped us in getting enough seats,” said Mr Karan.

He said the Fiji High Commission in New Delhi oversaw the arrangement with the Australian High Commission there.

Mr Karan said 135 Fijians were in India, of which 64 returned home last week.

“There are some who are there still undergoing medical treatment or will undergo medical treatment soon.

“We have another flight coming on June 4 and we will see who else wants to come back and we will make arrangements,” said Mr Karan.

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