Jordan's Ambassador returns to Cairo amid turmoil

[17-08-2013 02:14 PM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - Jordan's Ambassador to Egypt on Saturday cut short his medical recess in Jordan to return to Cairo to follow up on the conditions of Jordanians there amid the violent turmoil afflicting the neighboring country.

Jordan's Ambassador to Egypt Bishr Khasawneh told Ammon News on Saturday that he will be returning to Cairo Saturday evening following a brief medical recess that required him to return to Amman, where he underwent a respiratory-related surgery.

Khasawneh reiterated that all Jordanians in Egypt are safe, noting that no reports of injuries or Jordanians being exposed to danger have been reported.

The majority of the calls received by the Jordanian Embassy in Cairo were inquiries made by Jordanians regarding measures to take in case of emergency.

The Ambassador noted that he expects that some Jordanians will be returning from Egypt particularly amid the violent turmoil afflicting Egyptian cities as Egyptian authorities crack down on supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi there, which left over 600 dead and thousands injured since Wednesday.

There are seven flights en route between Amman and Cairo on a daily basis on board Royal Jordanian airlines and Egypt Air, Khasawneh said.

An average of 12,000-13,000 Jordanians currently reside in Egypt, including 4,053 students. Khasawneh anticipated that a large number of them are already in the kingdom considering that the events have unfolded coinciding with the summer vacation and the Eid al-Fitr holiday following the end of Ramadan.

The majority of Egyptian universities are on summer vacation leave, with the exception of some private universities, including 6 October University, in which the summer semester has not ended yet.

Khasawneh noted however that these universities are distant from hot spots of violence in the capital and other Egyptian cities.

The Ambassador called on Jordanians in Egypt to abide by regulations issued by the Egyptian authorities and abide by curfew times imposed by police.

He urged Jordanian nationals to remain distant from areas where large crowds gather, noting that violence and riots may put them in danger.

The Jordanian Embassy in Cairo posted their emergency contact numbers, and urged Jordanian nationals to contact the embassy in case of emergency

Operations Room/ Foreign Ministry: 55014444 ext. 3428
Jordanian Embassy in Cairo: 0020237485566
Charge de Affairs: 0021211125599
Jordanian Consulate in Egypt: 00201281888887
Cultural Advisor: 00201146055555

Ambassador Khasawneh is reported to have been advised by physicians to rest following his operation, but he insisted on returning to Cairo.

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