BANGKOK, 20 August 2013 The government has asserted it will assist Thai students returning from Egypt continue their education at domestic institutes and in their travels to home locales. In the meantime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is keeping up its monitoring of Thais still in Egypt.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra indicated that the evacuation of Thai students from Egypt was going smoothly. Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul has been assigned to closely monitor the situation in Egypt and Transport Minister Chatchart Sithipan has been tasked with facilitating travels for Thais who wish to return from Egypt. The Thai embassy in Cairo has been told to be in close contact with those who wish to remain in Egypt.
Deputy Prime Minister Pracha Phromnok admitted the situation in Egypt was escalating, and he would like Thais there to quickly return to their home country. He said the government will help arrange flights to carry them home and find places that the returning students can enroll in. Police General Pracha said any decision to close the Thai embassy in Egypt and evacuate its staff lies with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Meanwhile, Deputy Education Minister Sermsak Pongpanit indicated that returning students can call 02-354-5500 to inquire about places to further their study in Thailand, if they do not wish to continue their studies in Egypt.