ТDH: Turkmenistan was the first to bring back its students from China, at the start of the coronavirus outbreak

The state information agency TDH reported on 25 March, 2020 that Turkmenistan continues to evacuate its nationals from the countries where the outbreak of coronavirus was recorded.

Turkmenistan Airlines organized several charter flights to China and brought back thousands of Turkmen nationals. Moreover, the news outlet reports that Turkmenistan was one the first countries to evacuate their citizens at the very start of the outbreak. For some reason it is not mentioned why the media outlet is reporting this now, three months later.

Following this, charter flights to Turkey, Russia and Belarus and other countries were organized to evacuate the fellow countrymen. As of today Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is undertaking further measures to continue evacuating Turkmen nationals back to Turkmenistan.

The students who were evacuated from China will be able to continue their education online, according to TDH. It remains unclear whether the government will cover the communucation expenses at least for those students who are enrolled in state-sponsored programs.

Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan

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