Khartoum, Mar. 26 (SUNA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it is continuing its diplomatic efforts with the sister and friendly countries and the regional and international organizations o attract aid and technical assistance as
part of the endeavors of Sudan government to mobilize the official and people’s energies to combat coronavirus and to expand the precautionary and preventive measures to combat the pandemic, because this pandemic has revealed the urgent need for concerted joint international efforts for bilateral and multilateral cooperation between all countries of the world.
In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has begun mobilizing international support for the government's program to combat the disease through communication with United Nations organizations, the Islamic Development Bank, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and other organizations at which Sudan is a member, explaining that these contacts resulted in the allocation of considerable financial and in-kind assistance, in addition to the efforts of the ministry facilitating the arrival of some assistance provided by the Chinese businessman, Mr. Jack Ma, the Executive Director of the Jack Ma and Ali Baba institutions, which consisted of 20,000 thermometers, 100,000 medical masks and 1000 medical suits.
The ministry has participated in the meetings of the higher coordination committee charged with strengthening national efforts to address the Corona pandemic in coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), as the committee succeeded in developing a plan to combat the disease at the level of land, sea and air entry points in the country, adding that an emergency office was established in coordination with the Ministries of Health and Interior and the WHO for the same purpose.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs explained that it continued to provide the higher committee with the daily reports it is receiving from Sudan embassies abroad about the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the countries of Sudan representation and on the conditions of the Sudanese nationals residing abroad under these exceptional circumstances.
The ministry indicated that it has approved the health measures taken by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the countries in which Sudan have diplomatic representation to combat this serious epidemic.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it is giving a special concern, through its diplomatic missions in Cairo and Aswan, to the situation of the Sudanese citizens stranded in the Arab Republic of Egypt via direct communication with the official Egyptian authorities, including the Foreign Ministry and other organs for the purpose of coordination and follow-up to resolve the difficulties facing the Sudanese nationals there with regard to housing and subsistence after closure of the crossings between the two countries.
The ministry said that it also played a considerable role in communicating with the World Food Program (WFP) and the African Development Bank to provide food for Sudanese citizens stranded in the borders with the Arab Republic of Egypt, and also participated in the work of the higher committee charged with the evacuation of Sudanese students stranded in Wuhan, China, in support and cooperation of the sisterly United Arab Emirates (UAE), besides the evacuation of Sudanese citizens stranded in the airports of Istanbul, Entebbe, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi (as a result of the closure of Sudan's airspace to air traffic).
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed that it has directed its missions abroad to monitor the developments related to the spread of the epidemic in the representation area and to provide its headquarters with details and statistics for supplying the Federal Ministry of Health with information, classifying countries and determining the places of risk for dealing with the citizens of those countries and Sudanese citizens coming from them in light of the size of the infections and their severity, adding that these missions are still doing what is required from them in this regard on a daily basis.
The ministry pointed out that it held a series of meetings with the ambassadors of a number of sister and friendly countries accredited to Khartoum to attract support and to benefit from the medical expertise and capabilities of their countries in combating the Corona pandemic, indicating that it has responded to requests from diplomatic missions and international organizations accredited in Sudan to evacuate its nationals and employees who were stranded in Sudan due to the closure of the airspace to air traffic, in coordination with the Civil Aviation Authority.
The ministry referred to its internal efforts in suspending the authentication on of documents and certificates until further notice, in line with the directives of the Council of Ministers to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, adding that it has circulated the same directives to Sudan embassies abroad.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs asserted that it will continue to carry out its efforts aimed at preventing the spreading of the corona pandemic in the country, in coordination with government authorities, the international organizations and the concerned parties.