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136 Bangladeshis back from Sudan

Staff Correspondent
08 May 2023 13:14:40 | Update: 08 May 2023 18:56:13
136 Bangladeshis back from Sudan
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One hundred and thirty six Bangladeshis have safely made their way back home from war-torn Sudan on a Biman Bangladesh airliner at 10am Monday. Minister of Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmed received the arriving expats.

The expats were airlifted from Port Sudan by a special Saudi air force flight and they departed the kingdom at 1am local time on a Dhaka-bound flight.

The Bangladeshi Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary and the Bangladeshi consul General Muhammad Nazmul Haque have greeted the expats upon their arrival in Jeddah.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministry spokesperson has assured that the remaining 540 Bangladeshis would be brought to Saudi Arabia post-haste. The repatriation prioritises the rescue of women, children and the elderly.

According to the sources, about 1,500 Bangladeshi citizens live in Sudan, who can register to come back to the country. Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh Consulate in Jeddah have made all preparations in this regard, sources added.

Minister Patwary has said that a part of the Jeddah Bangladesh International School has been commandeered for the expats’ treatment and accommodation. The ones who registered for repatriation will be brought back to the country in turn.

Earlier, 675 Bangladeshi nationals looking to leave crisis-hit Sudan reached Port Sudan from Khartoum.

“Those who are without passports have already been provided with travel permits,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam said in a Facebook post on Thursday.