Egyptian Red Crescent team in Romania to take part in relief efforts on Ukraine border

Ahram Online , MENA , Thursday 10 Mar 2022

A team from the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) arrived in Romania for a week-long mission to take part in relief efforts at the Siret crossing point on the Ukrainian-Romanian border, the Egyptian embassy in Bucharest announced on Thursday.

Egypt s Ambassador to Romania Moayad Eldalie receives members of the Egyptian Red Crescent. Egyptian Embassy in Bucharest

The team, which will be operating in coordination with the Romanian government and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), will also extend medical and psychological support to the refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine, the embassy said in a Facebook post.

The mission of the ERC aid workers will include the delivery of relief supplies provided by civil society and non-governmental organisations to refugees on the Ukrainian-Romanian border.

The ERC team also paid a visit to the premises of the Romanian Red Cross in Bucharest and held a virtual meeting with the IFRC to discuss preparations for heading to northern Romania to contribute to the humanitarian relief efforts at the Siret crossing point.

The Egyptian embassy will coordinate with the Romanian authorities to ease the movement of the Egyptian Red Crescent team to the border area and facilitate its mission, added the statement.

Egypt’s Ambassador to Romania Moayad Eldalie received Director of Health Affairs at the ERC Mahmoud Tharwat and the ERC’s Operations Chamber Supervisor Mostafa Refaat upon their arrival in Bucharest. Egypt’s consul in Romania Nader Shebl also attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the ERC team got briefed on the latest developments as regards the influx of refugees on the Romanian-Ukrainian border and the humanitarian relief presented to them, the embassy noted.

Since the Russian invasion on 24 February, more than 2 million people have fled Ukraine, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Egypt has repatriated hundreds of nationals who fled Ukraine to the neighbouring European countries of Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and Romania.

The majority of Egyptians who were in Ukraine prior to the invasion have been evacuated to these four countries, according to head of the Egyptian Expat Community in Ukraine Ali Farouk earlier this week.

Prior to the Russian invasion, around 6,000 Egyptians lived in Ukraine, including 3,000 students studying at the country's universities.

In a phone call on Wednesday, Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi extended appreciation to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the measures taken by the Russian side to facilitate the exit of Egyptian citizens from Ukraine.

Egypt is closely following the on-the-ground developments in Ukraine, and places high priority on the safety and security of Egyptian citizens in the country, El-Sisi said during the phone call.

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