The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) welcomed 62 Thai students returning from Sudan and arriving in the deep South of Thailand on 28 April 2023 on board a C-130 aircraft provided by the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF).
The number of students were among 78 Thais, the first batch of the evacuees from Sudan, who arrived safely in Bangkok on 27 April, when they were welcomed by Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai, and representatives from relevant agencies.
Upon their arrival in Pattani Airport, together with SBPAC Secretary-General Rear Admiral Somkiat Pholprayoon, they were very happy to meet their families waiting for them. Both the students and their families thanked the Government for its quick assistance in the evacuation of Thai students and other people in Sudan.
A representative of the first group of returning students said that Thai people in Sudan have received good support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and all Thai authorities and that they were very impressed with the prompt assistance.
The SBPAC, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation will work together in coordinating with local educational institutions on the transfer of credits for the students, so that they can continue their studies in Thailand. After their graduation, they will also be provided with occupational and skill development to enable them to have great employment opportunities in their hometown.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, following the ongoing clashes between the Sudan Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces in Khartoum, the ministry and all Thai authorities have attached utmost importance to assisting and protecting Thai nationals in the area. Thailand also appreciates the kind assistance provided by its friends, especially Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Previously, a total of 212 Thai nationals in Sudan requested to return to Thailand. On 24 April 2023, they boarded buses and traveled over 830 km to Port Sudan. The first batch of 82 were transported to Jeddah by a Saudi ship and waited for boarding the RTAF plane back to Bangkok. Among them, 78 arrived in Thailand on 27 April (while four decided to stay on in Saudi Arabia).