The international operation in which a Hungarian citizen was evacuated from the key country of the Sahel region has ended in the last few hours, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced on his Facebook page on Wednesday.
Péter Szijjártó said that “in the international operation led by the Italian army, nearly 100 people were evacuated from Niamey, and our citizen was able to board the plane.”
In the post, the minister explained that the first step of the operation was to gather all the people at the Italian embassy, and then, after meals and the necessary data reconciliation, they reached the airport, from where the Italian military special plane took off at dawn on Wednesday.
The Hungarian evacuation was coordinated by our embassies in Tripoli and Rome, in constant contact with the French and Italian authorities and with our accredited EU colleagues,”
the Minister wrote, adding that the evacuation plane landed safely in Rome early in the morning, from where consuls in Italy are now assisting the operation.
“We are not aware of any further Hungarian citizens at the moment, but our embassy in Tripoli is monitoring the situation and the Consular Service is available 24 hours a day,” Szijjártó said.
Foreign nationals have started to evacuate Niger in light of regional tension rising after ECOWAS said it would use force against the junta if it didn’t release and reinstate the democratically elected, overthrown president within a week. The announcement was immediately rejected by neighboring Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea, all of which are run by mutinous soldiers who toppled their governments.
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