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Ottawa tries to evacuate more Canadians from Sudan by road and Red Sea

Justin Trudeau spoke with Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh on Monday morning and thanked him, the prime minister’s office said outstanding support of their country in welcoming Canadian military and diplomatic personnel.

Mr Trudeau also praised Djibouti for his apparent willingness to participate in conflict resolutionAccording to the press release from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The firm also says the two men discussed regional arbitration efforts and Trudeau offered Canada’s support for a peaceful resolution to the dispute.

During a visit to Kenya, a key player in the region in East Africa, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie was to assess the humanitarian needs of the region.

Both government forces and paramilitary forces claim to control key points in the capital, Khartoum.

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The Sudanese National Army and paramilitary forces, which have been fighting for two weeks, reached a new ceasefire on Sunday.

But the violence hasn’t completely stopped, with major countries including Canada abandoning evacuation flights. They are now advising their citizens to seek safety there or make the perilous journey by road to the Sudanese shores on the Red Sea.

Ottawa said that as of Sunday morning, 400 Canadians and permanent residents had left Sudan and the Canadian military had flown six evacuation flights.

However, 230 people who had requested assistance from the Canadian government were still in that country.

More flexibility for Sudanese

Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration allows Sudanese citizens living in Canada to extend their period of stay.

We will be flexible in allowing them to transition between study permits, work permits or visitor visas if needed, so that those who are here can continue to live with the least amount of disruption.Immigration Minister Sean Fraser told reporters on Monday.

He also said that the ministry is trying to speed up the processing of applications for travel documents, visas and permanent residence.

However, Fraser also acknowledged that a total of about 100,000 immigration cases had not been processed during the strike by members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which ended Monday after 12 days.

This means the delays plaguing the ministry are likely to continue, he said.

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