02/14/2020 - 15:45
Argentine Deputy Foreign Minister Pablo Tettamanti said Friday that "as long as we can find a way out of China we will do it", in reference to the request for repatriation of the 14 Argentine residents in the Chinese province of Hubei, epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic.
" Everything is being done and to the extent that we can find a way for them to leave China we will do it, " Tettamanti said in statements to TN , after an Argentine who is in Hubei said this morning that they will request "the repatriation of the 14 compatriots who have been isolated for 23 days "by the epidemic.
Tettamanti said that " there is no emergency . We are aware that it is not a situation in which they are infected or you have to save a life."
On the other hand, the diplomat said that the Foreign Ministry remains "in permanent contact" with the Argentines through the consulate in Beijing and stressed " the strict conditions imposed by the Chinese government to avoid contagion."
Concern for the coronavirus.
On the modality of repatriation, Tettamanti said that " we are in contact with Colombia and Ukraine to see what possibilities they can offer us but we do not want to generate false expectations" and said that there was a management to bring the Argentines in a plane that repatriated to Brazilians, "but at the last moment there was no place."
The diplomat said that China prohibits the entry of commercial airplanes , so the airplanes that land there to evacuate its citizens " are typical of the countries and financed by them ."
Medical staff attends to treat those infected in Hubei.
Regarding the possibility of implementing a return of the same characteristics to evacuate the 14 Argentines, the Vice Chancellor said that so far "we have not been in a position to take that measure. We will see if the time has come and if we can not get another way" .
"We know the anguish they are going through and we understand their request. They know that we are making the efforts that are within our reach. When we talk to them we try not to generate false expectations because we have not been able to make our own evacuation," he concluded.