Sudan – Continuing operations to evacuate nationals (24 April 2023)


Joint communique issued by the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Minister for the Armed Forces

The evacuation operations launched in Khartoum are continuing. Two more return flights from Khartoum to Djibouti were provided by the Air and Space Force late on 23 April and then in the morning of 24 April, each with some 100 people on board.

These round trips enabled 388 people to be evacuated, including those French nationals who so wished and a significant number of citizens of other countries, particularly in Europe (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) but also Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa and Uganda), [North] America (the United States and Canada) and Asia (India, Japan and the Philippines).

To coordinate the operation, the French Embassy in Sudan and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Support Centre, which set up a crisis unit on 15 April, have been in permanent contact with our nationals on the ground and all our partners.

The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for the Armed Forces are continuing their efforts to ensure our compatriots are made safe.

France reiterates its call to all the parties to stop fighting and return to political dialogue.

France remains in constant and close contact with its European partners.

All the State’s services remain fully mobilized to carry out further evacuations as soon as possible.