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Sudanese stranded on Italian-French border to be deported

August 16 - 2016 KHARTOUM / ROME
The Italian navy helps a boatload of people trying to reach Europe from North Africa. Hundreds have died trying to reach Europe. (Italian Navy/M.Sestini)
The Italian navy helps a boatload of people trying to reach Europe from North Africa. Hundreds have died trying to reach Europe. (Italian Navy/M.Sestini)

The Sudanese Foreign Ministry has said that a group of Sudanese nationals are among a group of immigrants of various nationalities who have been stranded in the Italian-French border after the French authorities refused to grant them asylum.

Ambassador Gareebullah El Khidr, the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Sudan News Agency (SUNA) that the Italian authorities contacted the Sudanese embassy in Rome in order to coordinate with them to deport the people to Sudan.

He explained that the Italian authorities asked the embassy to send a delegate to the camp to find out who they are, with the purpose of deporting the Sudanese to Khartoum in the coming days.

Understanding

Two weeks ago, the Italian Chief of Police and his Sudanese counterpart reached an understanding on the issue of migration, as part of the broader cooperation between the European Union and Khartoum and the EU Emergency Trust Fund.

Italy’s Chief of Police and director-general of Public Security Franco Gabrielli and Sudan’s General Hashim Osman El Hussein signed the Memorandum of Understanding in the presence of Interior Ministry and Foreign Affairs Ministry officials in Rome.


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