May 22, 2024

Biden Orders Evacuation of US Government Personnel from Sudan But Thousands of Americans Remain Stranded

President Joe Biden holds a press conference Thursday, June 30, 2022, at the NATO Summit at IFEMA Madrid. (Official White House Photo by Carlos Fyfe)

As the crisis in Sudan deepens, US President Joe Biden has ordered the evacuation of US government personnel from Khartoum, leaving thousands of American citizens still stranded in the country. Journalist Simon Ateba, who covers the White House, reports that there are at least 16,000 registered Americans in Sudan, in addition to an unknown number of unregistered citizens. While countries like Saudi Arabia have successfully evacuated their citizens, the United States has only managed to evacuate government personnel so far, prompting concerns about the safety of the remaining Americans.

In a statement issued on Saturday night, President Biden expressed his gratitude to the US military and embassy staff for their dedication in conducting the evacuation operation. He also thanked Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Saudi Arabia for their crucial support during the operation.

President Biden acknowledged the ongoing efforts to assist stranded Americans in Sudan and emphasized close collaboration with allies and partners. However, with the US Embassy now closed, coordinating the evacuation of remaining American citizens has become increasingly challenging.

The closure of the embassy and the lack of evacuation plans for non-government personnel has sparked concern among relatives of those stranded in Sudan. Many have reached out to journalists like Ateba, expressing their worries about their family members, colleagues, and pastors caught in the escalating crisis.

In his statement, President Biden condemned the violence in Sudan that has already claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent civilians. He called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, unhindered humanitarian access, and respect for the will of the Sudanese people. Although operations at the US Embassy in Sudan have been temporarily suspended, President Biden reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the people of Sudan and their aspirations for the future.

As the situation in Sudan worsens, the need for a swift and comprehensive evacuation plan for all American citizens grows increasingly urgent. The Biden administration faces mounting pressure to act decisively and ensure the safety of its citizens abroad, while the world watches closely to see how the United States will respond in the coming days.

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