Photo of the Week: American Diplomats Assist U.S. Citizens in Egypt

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
February 4, 2011
Embassy Cairo Officers Lenert and Adams Search for American Citizens at Cairo International Airport

This week's photo of the week, taken by Deputy Spokesperson for Foreign Media in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Erin Pelton, who was featured in this Newsweekvideo interview on evacuation efforts. Erin captures Public Diplomacy Officer Adam Lenert and Consular Affairs Officer Jessica Adams of U.S. Embassy Cairo assisting U.S. citizens at the Cairo International Airport in Egypt on February 3, 2011. The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens in Egypt remains one of State Department's top priorities

According to the U.S. Embassy Cairo website, "The U.S. Embassy advises that there will be no U.S. government evacuation flights on Friday, February 4. There will be U.S. Embassy personnel at the airport to assist U.S. citizens departing on commercial flights. We plan to continue evacuation efforts on Saturday, February 5 on a very limited basis in view of the availability of commercial flights and decreased demand for U.S. government evacuation flights. Additional U.S. government flights after Saturday are extremely unlikely.

"All remaining U.S. citizens who wish to depart Egypt on a U.S. government flight and who are able to do so should proceed to Terminal 1, Hall 4 (Hajj Hall) as soon as possible on Saturday, February 5. Do not wait for a call from the U.S. Embassy. Further delay is not advisable.

"This assistance will be provided on a reimbursable basis, as required by U.S. law. U.S. citizens who travel on US government " arranged transport will be expected to make their own onward travel plans from safehaven locations in Europe. Flights to evacuation points began departing Egypt on Monday, January 31."

You can find most up-to-date information for U.S. citizens affected by the events in Egypt on the



West Virginia, USA
February 8, 2011

Pam in West Virginia writes:

It is wonderful to see the embassy jump into action as such an uncertain time in Egypt exsists.

John E.
Georgia, USA
February 8, 2011

John E. in Georgia writes:

The seismic and inspiring political and social changes here have affected the whole world. I greatly wish I could be there to personally help everyone affected by this ongoing crisis in Egypt. I was there during three months late last year, studying Egyptian Arabic and visiting some remote regions. The vibrancy and passion of the Egyptian people are remarkable. I planned to work at the Cairo embassy and am a member of the upcoming 160th Foreign Service Institute class starting in March 2011. Hopefully there will be a need for another public diplomacy officer in Embassy Cairo very shortly.


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