37 Pakistani evacuees reach Jeddah from war-torn Sudan

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A ship carrying evacuees from Sudan arrives at Jeddah Port. — Twitter/@ForeignOfficePk
A ship carrying evacuees from Sudan arrives at Jeddah Port. — Twitter/@ForeignOfficePk

  • Process of evacuating Pakistanis is underway as civil war rages in African country. 
  • Pakistanis reach Jeddah Port through ship carrying other evacuees.
  • FO thanks Saudi government for support.

Another batch comprising 37 Pakistanis evacuated from Sudan, has reached Jeddah, Saudi Arabia amid the ongoing efforts to repatriate people stuck in the war-torn country, Foreign Office said on Wednesday.

Ten days of heavy fighting until Monday has killed hundreds of people in Khartoum. Despite a ceasefire declaration by the warring factions, fighting flared anew in Sudan late on Tuesday.

The FO issued a brief statement on Twitter, according to which the evacuated Pakistanis reached Jeddah Port through a ship carrying other evacuees.

"Evacuation plan for Pakistani nationals in Sudan continues. The ship carrying 37 Pakistani nationals from Port Sudan arrives in Jeddah," it said.

FO said that the evacuees were received by Pakistan's Consul General Khalid Majid at Jeddah Port. It also thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for showing support and hospitality.

So far, over 700 Pakistanis have been evacuated to safety from the war-torn country.

On Tuesday, a second convoy carrying 211 Pakistanis left from Khartoum, a day after the evacuation of at least 500 Pakistanis from Sudan, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto had said.

"In keeping with the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to the welfare of overseas Pakistanis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to lead in the relief and rescue of Pakistanis in Sudan," a statement issued by the Foreign Office said.

The statement said that Ambassador Meer Bahrose Regi’s team in Khartoum and Port Sudan were working day and night to facilitate the stay of Pakistanis who were still in Sudan until their evacuation to Pakistan.

"We remain engaged with friendly countries in the region especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to facilitate this process," it added.