37 Pakistani evacuees reach Jeddah from war-torn Sudan

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A ship carrying evacuees from Sudan arrives at the port of Jeddah.  — Twitter/@ForeignOfficePk
  • The evacuation process of Pakistanis is underway as a civil war rages in the African country.
  • Pakistanis reach Jeddah port via ship carrying other evacuees.
  • FO thanks Saudi government for support.

Another party, made up of 37 Pakistanis evacuated from Sudan, has reached Jeddah, Saudi Arabia amid ongoing efforts to repatriate people trapped in the war-torn country, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Ten days of heavy fighting until Monday have killed hundreds of people in Khartoum. Despite a ceasefire by the warring parties, fighting flared up again Sudan late on tuesday.

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

“The evacuation plan for Pakistani nationals in Sudan is proceeding. The ship carrying 37 Pakistani nationals from Port Sudan is arriving in Jeddah,” it said.

FO said the evacuees were received by Pakistan’s Consul General Khalid Majid at the port of Jeddah. It also thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for its support and hospitality.

More than 700 Pakistanis have been there so far evacuated from the war-torn country.

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

“In line with the commitment of the government of Pakistan for the welfare of overseas Pakistanis, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to take the lead in the relief and rescue of Pakistanis in Sudan,” a statement from the foreign ministry said.

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

“We continue to engage with friendly countries in the region, especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to facilitate this process,” it added.

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