The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell announced that the European Union will provide 20 million euros for Egypt to support Sudanese refugees.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received Borrell on Sunday, and held a bilateral discussion session, followed by joint press conference.
The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul-Gheit also received Borrel on Sunday, and his accompanying delegation.
The official spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Gamal Roshdy, said that Aboul-Gheit stressed during the meeting the historical bonds of friendship and distinguished cooperation between the Arab League and the EU.
The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) allocated five million dollars to support UN humanitarian efforts in Egypt directed towards people fleeing violence and conflict in Sudan, including refugees, returnees and asylum-seekers, as well as the communities hosting them.
The fund said in a statement: “Since the beginning of the crisis, Egypt has received the largest number of arrivals from the war in Sudan, as it is estimated that more than 113,000 people have arrived at the Egyptian-Sudanese border as of May 17, 2023.”
“The numbers are increasing rapidly with the arrival of up to 5,000 people per day to the borders of Qastal and Arqin crossings. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees expects that the total arrivals to Egypt will reach 350,000 people within the next six months,” it added.
Over 10,000 evacuees return safely
The Egyptian Transport Ministry announced late April that the number of evacuees from Sudan through the land border crossings between the two countries during the period April 21st to 25th has reached 10,194 Egyptians amongst other nationalities.
The ministry officially said in a statement that the total number of people returning from Sudan through Qastal land port reached 1,297.
On the other hand those returning through the Arqeen land port reached 8,897.
The statement noted that the two ports are receiving large numbers from various countries.
Foreign embassies in Egypt coordinated with the Foreign Ministry, Transport Ministry and other concerned authorities in Egypt to receive their returning citizens.