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Navy completes its mission to evacuate Chinese from Sudan

By YANG ZEKUN | China Daily Global | Updated: 2023-05-01 06:55
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People of different nationalities evacuated from Sudan by the People's Liberation Army Navy arrive at Jeddah Islamic Port, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday. [Photo/Xinhua]

Two PLA vessels also bring group of foreign evacuees

The Chinese navy has completed evacuating Chinese people from conflict-torn Sudan, with 940 Chinese citizens departing from the area from Wednesday to Saturday in two groups, according to the Defense Ministry.

At the request of some countries, China also evacuated a total of 231 foreign residents together with Chinese nationals.

With the help of Chinese embassies and consulates in relevant countries, those people were transferred from Port Sudan to the port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia by CNS Nanning and CNS Weishan Lake, Tan Kefei, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, said late on Saturday.

"The Chinese military will always be the guardian of the people and a staunch force in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests, and serving the building of a community with a shared future for mankind," he said.

On Saturday morning, CNS Nanning and CNS Weishan Lake, which carried 493 evacuees from Sudan — 272 Chinese citizens and 221 foreign nationals — arrived at the port of Jeddah, successfully completing the second group of personnel evacuation.

The first group of 678 evacuees, 668 Chinese and 10 foreigners, were evacuated by the same two ships on Thursday, according to the Chinese military.

Pakistani Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque on Sunday expressed appreciation to China for helping more than 200 Pakistani nationals evacuate from Sudan.

During a meeting with Liu Jinsong, director-general of the Department of Asian Affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Haque said that China's assistance demonstrated once again how strong Pakistan-China friendship is.

Liu said that as China tried its best to ensure that Chinese nationals were evacuated from Sudan in a safe manner, it also helped some people from other friendly countries including Pakistan to leave the African country, which demonstrated the iron-clad friendship between China and Pakistan as well as its responsibility as a major country.

At 10 am on Saturday Beijing time, the first temporary flight to pick up evacuated Chinese citizens from Jeddah arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport, carrying about 340 evacuated Chinese, according to official data.

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