281 Tonnes Of Aid Flown To Sudan, 1,620 Qatar Residents Evacuated

(MENAFN- Gulf Times) Qatar has dispatched 281 tonnes of aid to Sudan and evacuated 1,620 people holding Qatari residency from there since an airbridge was established following the outbreak of hostilities in the African country, it was announced Tuesday.
Advisor to the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dr Majed bin Mohamed al-Ansari stressed that the Qatari airbridge has been operational since the start of the fighting in Sudan to provide medical, relief and humanitarian aid to those affected.
On May 29, the ninth plane took off to Port Sudan, carrying 50 tonnes of food. The plane evacuated 199 people, bringing the total number of Qatar residents evacuated from Sudan to 1,620, and the aid provided through the air bridge so far to 281 tonnes.
In the Ministry's weekly media briefing, Dr al-Ansari added that the visit to Qatar the Special Envoy of Chairman of Transitional Sovereignty Council of the Republic of the Sudan, Ambassador Dafallah Al Haj Ali, came as part of his tour to the region and within the framework of efforts to search for solutions to the crisis there, and to facilitate humanitarian aid and stop the fighting.
The official spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that Qatar gave priority to the humanitarian aspect and stopping the fighting there, and fully supported the efforts of Saudi Arabia in calming the situation as well as the agreements that were signed in Jeddah within the broader regional role of the League of Arab States, adding that this was confirmed during the visit.
He explained that the storming of the Qatari embassy in Khartoum was by irregular armed gangs, and there were no diplomats or employees present at the embassy. He also said that some property was vandalized and stolen, stressing the need to spare diplomatic missions and headquarters of international organizations and civil institutions in Sudan.
On the nature of ties between Qatar and Turkiye following the victory of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the presidential elections, Dr. al-Ansari affirmed that the relationship between the two countries is strategic and between the various institutions in the two countries, including the presidency, and the relationship between His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani and President Erdogan are fraternal, personal and close, adding that he expected the continuation of these relations within their natural framework.
He added that the relationship between the two sides was developing and strengthening positively, and the next stage would have more development, especially since Qatar had played a large part of its role with regard to the victims of the earthquake that struck Turkiye and northern Syria, where an integrated city was opened in northern Syria to house a very large number of Syrian refugees. This cooperation between the two countries aims to provide a decent life for the refugees there and constitutes an example of the nature of the role that countries play in the region and the world in general, he said.
The spokesperson reviewed the ministry's efforts during the past days and the interviews conducted by Qatari officials at home and abroad, which aim in their entirety to strengthen bilateral relations and discuss areas of cooperation in various fields and ways to enhance and develop them.


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