According to a news release carried in the Trinidad Guardian, the number of T&T nationals trapped in Egypt is at least six and they have sent out calls for help to the People’s Partnership Government in Port-of-Spain to assist them out of Egypt.
The protests – which are aimed at removing president Hosni Mubarak – entered its second week on the streets of Cairo yesterday.
The protestors are demanding that Mubarak, who has ruled for 30 years, step down and allow for much needed reform in the country. International media reports say the army and police are on the streets. The reports also said protesters have defied extended curfew hours to force the President out of office.
Meanwhile, the six T&T nationals trapped in Egypt are part of a family, who travelled there four months ago as tourists. They went there to learn the language and also to visit historic tourist sites, including the pyramids.
In a brief statement to the T&T Guardian yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Surujrattan Rambachan said T&T was monitoring the developments in Egypt closely. He said the family of two Trinidad and Tobago nationals in Egypt has contacted him seeking the Government’s assistance in moving them out of Egypt. “As I understand it, though, they are not in the area of the protests,” Dr Rambachan added.
He insisted: “We are examining the situation to see what can be done to assist these citizens.” He did not rule out the possibility of more T&T nationals being in the African country during the protests but said there had been no contact so far. “We would like to see the situation resolved as quickly and as peacefully as possible,” the minister stressed. International media reports said the protestors were planning a million-strong demonstration in Cairo today.
(Content for this article taken from the Trinidad Guardian)