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Saudi students asked not to return to Egypt now

By Staff

Saudi authorities have advised more than 7,500 national students who were lifted out of Egypt during the recent protests not to return to the Arab country for now, a newspaper said on Monday.

The cultural section at the Saudi embassy in Cairo said all Saudi students who study in Egyptian universities and are now present in the Gulf kingdom should ignore any call by those universities to return for examinations or other purposes.

“We call upon the Saudi students not to respond to any call from those universities or other educational institutions,” said Saudi cultural attaché, Mohammed Al Aqil.

“We have received more than 200 telephone calls from our students who want to return to Egypt…we told them that they should delay their return for now because of the current situation…we made clear they should respond to those universities only through us,” he said in a statement carried by the Saudi daily 'Shams'.

Aqil said the Saudi embassy is watching the developments in Egypt, adding that it would notify them by e mail to return to their classes “after the situation returns to normal.”