‘It’s Saudis’ duty to evacuate Kuwaitis’

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KUWAIT CITY, April 29: Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to Kuwait Prince Sultan bin Sa’ad Al-Saud said it is the national duty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to spearhead the evacuation of Kuwaitis who were stranded in Sudan, reports Al-Qabas daily. He pointed out this move is a confirmation of the strong relationship between the two countries. He said the leaders of both countries are coordinating their efforts to guarantee the safe return of those stranded in the area of armed conflict.

In a recent press statement, Prince Sultan bin Sa’ad expressed appreciation for the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which had earlier thanked the Saudi authorities for providing all facilities to evacuate Kuwaitis from Sudan through Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He also congratulated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Crown Prince and Prime Minister His Highness Prince Muhammad bin Salman for the successful evacuation of Saudi citizens and the nationals of brotherly and friendly countries from Sudan. He said a total of 2,544 citizens of 74 countries have been evacuated so far; indicating this number is expected to increase in the coming days. He stated that Saudi Arabia carried out the first sea evacuation since the start of the conflict in Sudan.

He disclosed the operation was conducted by the Royal Saudi Naval Forces with the support of various branches of the armed forces. He said the operation included securing the exit of the stranded individuals from Khartoum to Port Sudan and then to Jeddah, ensuring their safe return to their countries. He indicated that Saudi Arabia’s response to the request of brotherly and friendly countries to evacuate their citizens from Sudan is an affirmation of its influential and effective role as a reliable partner in the international community. He added the Kingdom will continue the evacuation of the nationals of brotherly and friendly countries that requested assistance.

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