Sudan – Continuing operations to evacuate nationals (25 April 2023)


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

The evacuation operations launched in Khartoum are continuing. Four more return flights from Khartoum to Djibouti were provided by the Air and Space Force during the night of 24 to 25 April.

Since the start of the operation, these round trips have enabled a total of 538 people to be evacuated, including 209 French nationals wanting to leave Sudan, and a significant num-ber of citizens of 41 other countries, particularly in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Iceland, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) but also Africa (Burundi, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Togo and Uganda), [North] America (United States and Canada) and Asia (Australia, India, Japan, New Zealand and the Philippines).

France has also safely transferred from Khartoum to Wadi Seidna a significant number of people subsequently evacuated by means of other European countries’ air capabilities.

Lastly, the French navy frigate Lorraine will today assist the United Nations in the evacua-tion operation under way in Port Sudan.

To coordinate the operation, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ Crisis and Sup-port Centre, which set up a crisis unit on 15 April, has 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.