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Foreign countries thank Russia for evacuating their citizens from Yemen

April 03, 2015, 18:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russian Emergencies Ministry's jets took aboard as many as 17 Tajik and 20 Polish nationals willing to get out of Yemen

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MOSCOW, April 3. /TASS/. Foreign countries whose citizens were evacuated from the war-torn Yemen by jets of the Russian Emergencies Ministry and Civil Defense have expressed gratitude to Russia for assistance given to them.

"Tajikistan thanks Russia for evacuation of Tajik nationals from Russia," Abdulfaiz Atoyev, the official spokesman for the country’s Foreign Ministry told TASS.

"The (Russian) Emergencies Ministry’s jets took aboard as many as seventeen our compatriots," he said. "These people who lived in the zones of amassed shelling in Yemen were appealing for help and we must thank Russia for assistance with the evacuation of individuals upon a list we drew up."

"We’re currently drafting a new list of individuals willing to get out of Yemen and the Russian side is once again ready to help with the matter," Atoyev said.

The majority of Tajik nationals stranded on the territory of Yemen are medical workers who have contracts with the Russian companies operating in that Arab country.

The exact number of Tajiks there is not known but it varies from about a hundred to several hundred people, inclusive of family members.

President Emomali Rakhmon has taken personal control of the problems of Tajik citizens’ security in and evacuation from Yemen.

Polish Foreign Ministry on Friday thanked Moscow for assistance in evacuating about twenty Poles from the Yemeni capital Sanaa.

"Poland thanks Russia for airlifting about twenty people from Sanaa to Moscow on April 3," the press service of the ministry said. "We also thank the Russian side for the readiness to help a group of Polish citizens, who have not yet taken a firm decision to leave the country, to get out of Yemen."

Apart from the twenty individuals evacuated aboard a Russian jet from Sanaa on Thursday, China has helped evacuate four Poles from Aden, Yemen’s second most important city, by sea.

"Evacuation of Polish citizens became possible thanks to efficient cooperation the Polish diplomatic and consular services established with their Russian and Chinese counterparts," the ministry said.

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