Egypt and Dutch foreign ministers coordinate to protect Dutch nationals in Sudan

Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Apr 2023

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and his Dutch counterpart Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra agreed in a telephone call on Thursday to coordinate to protect Dutch nationals in Sudan amidst the ongoing fighting there.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (L) and Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra (R)


During the call, Shoukry reviewed Egypt's efforts and communications with various parties to reach a sustainable ceasefire. 

He also stressed the importance of encouraging the Sudanese parties to heed reason and end the shedding of Sudanese blood by implementing an immediate and swift ceasefire.

For his part, Hoekstra expressed his country's appreciation of Egypt's efforts to bring an end to the ongoing conflict in Sudan. 

Furthermore, he expressed deep concern over the impact of military operations on Sudanese citizens, and foreign nationals present there.

Hoekstra also asked that Egypt coordinate with the Netherlands and contribute to providing protection for Dutch nationals in Sudan, a suggestion which was welcomed by Shoukry.

The two top diplomats agreed to continue coordination and consultation in the coming period as the situation in Sudan remains volatile.

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