The president’s instructions have been very clear: to provide full support to our fellow countrymen and their families and to ensure that they receive proper medical attention and consular support in order to be able to return to Mexico as soon as possible: Eduardo Sánchez Hernández.
The foreign secretary will keep the president informed at all times of the care being provided for the Mexicans and the Egyptian authorities’ response.
The president’s Coordinator of Social Communication and Government Spokesperson, Eduardo Sánchez Hernández, reported that on instruction from President Enrique Peña Nieto, Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz Massieu will travel to Cairo today, “In order to personally attend to the Mexican casualties of the widely publicized tragic accident, and to facilitate their return home.”
At a press conference, offered jointly with Secretary Ruiz Massieu, Eduardo Sánchez announced that the Mexican foreign secretary will travel on the presidential plane, accompanied by direct relatives of the victims, doctors from the Secretariat of Health and officials from the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs and other government agencies.
“The president’s instructions have been very clear: to provide full support to our fellow countrymen and their families and to ensure they receive proper medical attention and consular support in order to be able to return to Mexico as soon as possible,” he explained.
The Secretary of Foreign Affairs said that the objectives of this trip are: “First, accompany the relatives in their grief and provide all the support they require, while demanding justice and achieving a speedy repatriation.
Secondly, talk with the country’s highest authorities and obtain first-hand information that will clarify the circumstances of this deplorable event, which has cost the lives of innocent Mexican tourists.
Third, assess the progress of the investigation requested today, via a diplomatic note, demanding a thorough, transparent investigation that will establish responsibilities.”
Ruiz Massieu said that as foreign secretary and as a Mexican, “Shaken by these events, I would like to place special emphasis on the support the Mexican government has provided to the injured and their families and the families of those killed and of those Mexicans whose status we have as yet been unable to confirm.”
“We must not forget that, above all, we are dealing with the unfortunate loss of life and an unjustified aggression that forces us to prioritize the protection that, as authorities, we must provide to our countrymen and the solidarity that we as Mexicans must give these citizens and their families,” she said.
The foreign secretary declared that President Peña Nieto instructed her, “To keep him informed at all times of the status of our fellow countrymen and their needs, so that they can be addressed. And to keep him up to date on the evolution of the actions which the Egyptian government is taking to clarify the events.”
She expressed confidence that the Egyptian authorities, “Will act with transparency and openness, enabling Mexicans to obtain a clear answer to what happened.”