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Sudan: Overseas Residence

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many British expatriates are living in Khartoum; what assessment he has made of their safety following the recent attacks by rebel groups on the city; and if he will make a statement. (206025)

There are 726 people (British nationals and their dependants) registered with our embassy in Khartoum and eligible for British consular support.

We are not aware of any specific targeting of British nationals during the recent unrest and the security situation in Khartoum is now becoming more stable. However, we will continue to monitor this closely, in liaison with other diplomatic missions and international organisations as well as the Government of Sudan.

During the recent attacks, our embassy established a 24-hour operations centre to answer inquiries and provide advice and support to UK nationals on the latest security developments in and around Khartoum. This information was transmitted via our regularly updated Travel Advice and the Warden's network already in place in Khartoum.