The Foreign Ministry said Thursday in a statement that its central services « closely monitor » and « 24 hours a day » the situation of Algerians stranded in certain countries, reassuring, in this regard, citizens stranded in Turkey that they will be repatriated to Algeria once the quarantine period is over and their identities verified.
« The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announces that its central services are closely monitoring, 24 hours a day, the situation of Algerians stranded in certain countries, in permanent coordination with our diplomatic and consular representations and the authorities of the countries concerned, and with the same approach adopted for the repatriation of Algerian citizens to the national territory following the appearance of the coronavirus, in application of the instructions of the President of the Republic, » reads the ministry’s press release.
Regarding the situation of Algerians stranded in Turkey, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs assured that « all measures have been taken in coordination and cooperation with the Turkish authorities for their care, pending confirmation of the identity of a number of persons among the stranded citizens ».
The ministry reassured, in this respect, the blocked citizens and their families of « their repatriation to Algeria once the quarantine period is over and their identity confirmed ».
The ministry further specified that the number of blocked persons is increasing daily, which raises doubts and questions, especially since many of them are not in possession of airline tickets, let alone official travel documents.
In this respect, the ministry recalls « the repatriation of all citizens stranded abroad, whose number has reached, until 21 March this year, 1811 people, through six flights dedicated to this purpose ».