February 3, 2011 / 1:20 PM / 10 years ago

Canada urges its citizens to leave Egypt

Australian tourists, transiting in Germany, arrive with the first Australian special charter flight from Cairo at the Frankfurt airport, February 2, 2011. REUTERS/Alex Domanski

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada’s foreign minister on Thursday urged Canadians to leave Egypt, and said Canada will keep trying to evacuate its citizens from the country.

“The Canadian government advises all Canadian citizens in Egypt that we plan to continue evacuation efforts today,” Foreign Minister Laurence Cannon said in a statement. “We strongly urge all Canadians to leave Egypt.”

Canada has chartered planes for Canadians wishing to leave Egypt, and has also found seats for Canadians on planes chartered by other Western nations.

Reporting by Janet Guttsman; Editing by Vicki Allen

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