First group of Greeks evacuated from Sudan

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Greece’s Foreign Ministry has announced that the first group of Greek citizens has been evacuated from Sudan and taken to Djibouti.

According to the Ministry statement, the first group includes the two Greeks injured last week during the recent conflict in Sudan.

The Ambassador of Greece to Ethiopia and the Honorary Consul of Greece in Djibouti are already there to receive the Greek citizens and provide any assistance. The evacuation was made possible with the assistance of France.

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs has extended his thanks to his French counterpart, Catherine Colonna, as well as to the French Minister of State for International Partnerships, Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, for France’s substantial assistance in the safe removal of the above-mentioned Greeks from Sudan,” the statement reads.

The Ministry said “the process and coordination with EU partners and allies regarding the evacuation of the rest of the Greeks and their family members are ongoing.”

This evacuation comes after Greece’s Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, announced on Sunday that the country’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, had authorised the relocation of Air Force aircraft and members of the army’s Special Forces to Egypt to participate in a potential rescue operation from Sudan.

Fighting erupted in Sudan last week between army units loyal to Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s transitional governing Sovereign Council, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), led by General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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