By: Our Staff Writer
Addis Ababa (Ethiopia Today), April 24, 2023: The US government has praised Ethiopia for helping in evacuation efforts as foreign governments scramble to rescue their diplomats, staff, and citizens trapped in Sudan.
The US and the UK have airlifted their diplomats from Khartoum, but some countries that were unable to airlift their citizens have been using other options, including travel by road through the borders of Ethiopia.
Evacuees are entering Ethiopia through the Galabat-Metema border crossing, from where they will travel to the capital, Addis Ababa, as they wait to be flown back to their home country.
“Ethiopia is cooperating with some countries to evacuate their nationals in view of international humanitarian law,” said Ambassador Meles Alem, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson.
The US publicly acknowledged the assistance it received in evacuating US government personnel from Khartoum.
“I thank Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Saudi Arabia, which were critical to the success of our operation,” President Joe Biden said in a statement issued on Sunday.
“I am receiving regular reports from my team on their ongoing work to assist Americans in Sudan, to the extent possible.” “We are also working closely with our allies and partners in this effort.”
The US embassy in Addis Ababa also thanked the Ethiopian government and the Ethiopian National Defense Force for their support in evacuating the US citizens from Khartoum.