Indonesian citizens in Egypt were told on Monday to prepare for imminent evacuation amid the worsening conditions there.
“We are going to evacuate our citizens from Egypt, return them to our motherland,” President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a news conference in Jakarta.
“We’re going to use air carrier Garuda and other airlines that are now being prepared. If possible, tonight the planes will head to Cairo.”
He said the antigovernment protests and rioting were now threatening the safety of Indonesians. There are about 6,149 registered Indonesian nationals in Egypt, including 4,297 students and 1,002 migrant workers .
“The government’s first priority is security and safety, and to provide logistical aid for our citizens in Egypt,” Yudhoyono said.