‘Not a competition’: UK’s Braverman hits back at criticism of Sudan evacuation

LONDON ̵1; Home Secretary Suella Braverman dismissed suggestions that Britain failed to prioritize the evacuation of non-embassy staff from Sudan.

In a round of interviews on Wednesday morning, Britain’s home secretary defended British evacuation efforts and rejected suggestions that the government has been slow to help citizens leave the African nation, which is in the midst of a power-struggle. I have drowned.

The British government has faced criticism for the speed of its evacuation. It evacuated UK diplomats from the country over the weekend, and on Tuesday launched flights for other British passport holders. Ministers argued that conditions on the ground were too dangerous pending a ceasefire that began late Monday, and flights carrying Sudan to Britain began landing in Cyprus overnight. More are due today.

In comments In what has been interpreted as a swipe at the UK government, German Foreign Minister Annalena Bierbock said she would not leave German citizens “to their own devices” as, “unlike other countries,” Berlin’s initial All civilians were involved in the evacuation.

Pressed on those comments on Wednesday by Sky News, Braverman defended the UK’s response, arguing that it is “in a very different position to other countries.”

The Home Secretary said, “We’ve got a larger group of British nationals in Sudan than in many other countries.” “I don’t think it’s right to make it some kind of competition.”

Around 120 British troops are currently at the Wadi Saidna airfield north of Khartoum, supporting the evacuation of both British citizens and dual citizens. The airfield is run by the German military, but is expected to be handed over to the British military soon.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said on Tuesday the UK is also considering a sea evacuation from Port Sudan – “a more benign environment” – in addition to moving people out of the country via airspace.