Pakistan, Romania discuss facilitation for strained Pakistanis’ evacuation

Pakistan Embassy Bucharest (Romania) has established a Facilitation Camp Office near the northern border of Romania for facilitation of entrants. A Coordination Cell for coordination with Romanian side has also been set up.

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ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Wednesday had a telephone conversation with his Romanian counterpart Bogdan Aurescu and conveyed his appreciation for the assistance rendered by the Romanian side in the evacuation of people from Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said that he looked forward to continued and swift facilitation in border crossing of the Pakistani students and community members being evacuated.

The Romanian foreign minister assured Romania’s full support and cooperation in the evacuation process.

Besides reviewing bilateral relations, the two ministers also discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Sharing Pakistan’s perspective, the foreign minister noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his recent visit to Moscow, had regretted the latest situation between Russia and Ukraine and stressed that conflict was not in anyone’s interest, as they hit developing countries the hardest economically.

The foreign minister underlined the indispensability of dialogue and diplomacy to resolve disputes. The two Ministers agreed to remain in close contact. 90 Pakistanis have been evacuated into Romania during the crisis in Ukraine. 20 Pakistanis (including a group of 19 Pakistani students – said to be the last group evacuation facilitated by our Embassy in Ukraine) are expected to arrive at the border today and will be evacuated.

Pakistan Embassy Bucharest (Romania) has established a Facilitation Camp Office near the northern border of Romania for the facilitation of entrants. A Coordination Cell for coordination with the Romanian side has also been set up.

An additional hotline has been established in addition to Embassy’s already existing hotline which is manned round-the-clock.

Detailed information/guidance regarding border crossing points and visas are shared on social media. Individuals are also guided separately when they call on a hotline or message through social media.

In coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, arrangements are in place for immediate entry, temporary stay, medical assistance, and further onward transit.

Dedicated transport has been arranged by the Embassy for transferring Pakistanis groups from the border to Bucharest. Individual Pakistanis are facilitated at border points in availing public or special transport.

Accommodation arrangements have been made in the capital Bucharest. Facilitation is provided in accommodation/flight arrangements as per needs for further transit of Pakistanis who intend to leave for Pakistan or any other destination of their liking. So far, Embassy-hired accommodation and meals have been provided to 57 Pakistanis during their transit. Accommodation is being hired for a group of 19 students, who are expected today.

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