FM chairs NCSCM crisis cell meeting to follow up on Jordanians in Ukraine

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AMMAN - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, Ayman Safadi, chaired part of the expanded meeting of the National Centre for Security and Crisis Management (NCSCM)'s crisis cell, which was held on Thursday, with the participation of ministries and relevant institutions concerned with the plan to follow up on the Jordanians' situation in Ukraine.اضافة اعلان

Heads of Jordanian diplomatic missions in Ukraine's border countries took part remotely in the discussions, according to a Foreign Ministry statement.

Safadi listened to observations from representatives of Jordanian relevant institutions and heads of diplomatic missions on the latest developments, and directed them to provide all forms of support to Jordanian citizens in Ukraine.

The FM also instructed orchestrating all efforts with Jordan's concerned authorities to overcome difficulties and challenges facing their work, especially in light of the military escalations there.

Safadi stressed the need to maintain contact with Jordanian citizens in Ukraine, and implement plans to evacuate them to the Kingdom by all available means, and a number of border areas with Ukraine were identified, which could be used to evacuate Jordanians.

In the past few days, Ministry of Foreign Affairs discussed with a number of countries neighboring Ukraine, through diplomatic channels, measures to facilitate crossing of Jordanians to its territories by land, the statement added.

During the meeting, Safadi directed heads of Jordanian missions concerned with cross-border evacuation plans, to immediately start taking the necessary measures and prepare for all the expected scenarios to receive Jordanians across the land borders.

This projected effort also includes dispatching diplomatic staff from Jordanian embassies to Ukraine's border areas to support any groups of Jordanians that enter into those regions, issuing any necessary official documents and providing accommodation for Jordanians and transport buses, as well as outlining a mechanism to operate air flights to evacuate Jordanians, according to circumstances and developments.

Safadi also stressed the need increase and publish hotlines, embassies and diplomats phone numbers, to raise the capacity to receive the largest number of calls from Jordanians, in addition to urgently supplying additional staff to Ministry's Operations Center and Jordanian embassies concerned with the crisis, "immediately if required."

Today's meeting continues efforts to implementing the plan to deal with the Ukraine crisis and assess new proposals in this regard, as the ministry had reinstated at the end of last January a crisis cell to follow up closely on developments.

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