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Foreign Ministry denies failure to help Germans leave Egypt

The Local · 4 Feb 2011, 16:21

Published: 04 Feb 2011 16:21 GMT+01:00

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Many Germans living in or visiting Egypt have complained that their need were not taken seriously by embassy officials, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

“It was almost impossible to reach the embassy by phone,” wrote one German citizen, echoing another assertion that “the so-called crisis number was, until recently, not to be found on the internet and was only available by word of mouth.”

Reacting to the barrage of criticism, the Foreign Ministry defended the embassy’s handling of the situation.

“Since the crisis began, the embassy and the crisis management team have been working around the clock to support German citizens and assist those who want to leave the country,” the ministry said in a statement Friday in Berlin.

Ministry workers have expressed resentment for the overwhelmingly negative coverage the agency has received, saying they are “very frustrated,” the statement added.

Among the most common complaints is that embassies of other countries, including Spain and Austria, reacted more quickly in providing citizens with information on departing flights and the threat of looting, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

Other Germans grumbled about their embassy’s perceived failure to act.

“The main problem is that the embassy reacts too slowly, and it underestimated the problems at the airport,” one woman told news agency DPA.

The embassy has since ramped up relief efforts, stationing ten permanent workers at Cairo’s airport and organising more frequent flights to take Germans out of the country. The embassy has also organised convoys to bring Germans to the airport, the statement said.

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The Foreign Ministry heightened its safety warning for Egypt on Thursday, recommending that Germans avoid travel to the country as the chaos continues.

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17:30 February 4, 2011 by Frenemy
The problem is that when it comes to foreign affairs, the German government is so preoccupied with appearing non-militant and geopolitically correct, that all its assets are aimed at financial aid and economic development initiatives and other such quixotic notions (completely neglecting practical regional security matters).

The un-official policy of the Auswärtiges Amt is that the world runs on goodwill and flowerpower. And one of these days that naivety is going to cost us dearly.
06:49 February 6, 2011 by EladXP
Hussein Obama is the world's biggest terrorist:

When Iran was about to make a pro-western secular revolution, and was needed western support at most, Instead of backing up the pro-Western iranian demonstrators against Khamenei- Obama did nothing about it.

Now in Egypt, Obama decided to backing up the pro-radical islamic egyptian demonstrators, that against Mubarak- a faithful friend to the West over the last 30 years.

Then, in order to convince europe, Obama claimed (in the first days of the demonstartions when nothing was clear) that he knows where the "winds are blowing", and "mubarak is on the way down", so they will better be on the "winner" side, and not be perceived as coming out against the demonstrators- so they could be influence as much as possible on the new candidate election.

Gents, it's all lies!

The "Muslim brotherhood" Party, is the largest and the most organized Party in Egypt's Opposition. they incite muslims in Mosques to demonstrate by claming that "their regime will take care all their needs, instead of Mubarak- who betrayed Egypt, let the u.s. stole egypt's goods, and the only solution is to back to the islam's way, create a Redical-islamic Regime, and demonstrate for it".

and together with El-Baradei, who linking Iran's Regime to Egypt, and bribe demonstrators with iran's Regime money- in order to make riots.

The "Muslim brotherhood" together with El-Baradei, are about to replace Mubarak, and create a Redical-islamic Regime.

Obama the traitor, is going to do everything to push their way to power in Egypt, and roll that dangerous revolution snowball into other moderate Arab countries- that will fall like domino tiles, to form a Rediacal-islamic bloc, that led by Khamenei, equipped with the latest Western's technology and with nuclear capabilities, who wants the destruction of Israel- and then the west.
11:45 February 6, 2011 by ECSNatale
what a bunch of blather that has nothing to do with the article.
17:34 February 7, 2011 by DOZ
Too busy helping Egypt Dictators flee to help it's citizens. Sounds like the old days if you ask me.
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