No Thai citizens in Egypt reported in danger: Foreign Minister

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WARSAW, July 4 – Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul on Thursday confirmed that no Thai nationals were in danger in Egypt after the military ousted and detained Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi but said the Thai embassy there is ready to conduct an evacuation immediately in any emergency.

The minister commented on the situation in Egypt and the ministry’s plan to help Thai nationals who live there as he is accompanying Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on her official visit to Poland.

He stated that the Thai embassy in Cairo stands ready to evacuate Thais immediately if situation there worsens.

As the military has announced that a general election will be held as soon as possible, Mr Surapong said, there should be no problem for Thai nationals.

The Thai foreign ministry’s Department of South Asian, Middle East and African Affairs has reported to Mr Surapong that about two thousand Thai nationals live in Egypt now, with the majority, 1,820, being students.

However, most are now in Thailand as schools are closed for vacation.

Persons planning to visit the North African country during this period should monitor the news and avoid protest venues, the report said.