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British envoy to Sudan leaves his London residence and clarifies being on vacation during the crisis outbreak.

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EXCLUSIVE: British Ambassador to Sudan emerges from home in London to reveal he was on holiday when the crisis hit and it was ‘too dangerous to return’

The British ambassador to the Sudan came out of his London home today to assure stranded Britons that every effort was made to bring them to safety.

Giles Lever, who has experience defying the Taliban while stationed in Kabul, said he had returned to Britain in a fleece and jeans for a holiday from Khartoum and circumstances forced him to stay and from help London.

Outside his home in leafy Wimbledon, Mr Lever told MailOnline: ‘I came back here for a planned holiday over Easter and was unable to return. Before I left I had worked hard for three months on the problems in Sudan.

“I hadn’t seen my wife for Christmas and my vacation was approved by my boss. But I can’t get back there.

‘But it is incorrect to say that the embassy was deserted. While I said goodbye, a very high-ranking diplomat, my deputy, was in charge.’

Giles Lever, the British Ambassador to Sudan, pictured outside his home in London

The Indonesian embassy in the center of Khartoum is now the scene of a damaged battlefield

The Indonesian embassy in the center of Khartoum is now the scene of a damaged battlefield

Lever said he had been working 20 hours a day since his return to liaise with the State Department and other officials to help the stranded Britons.

“It’s a war zone there and it’s impossible for me to return because there’s no way to get into Khartoum now that the airport is being dismantled.”

He denied that his own safety or that of diplomatic colleagues had been prioritized over that of fellow Britons.

“It is physically impossible to work or even return from there.

He added: ‘There are people working around the clock to get British people out and to safety.

‘I worked in the crisis center and spoke with ministers.

“If you enter the crisis center, you will find people there at 2 a.m. who are making an effort to organize evacuations at any time.”

A diplomatic source said the situation in Khartoum has become “extremely dangerous” for the British

and people from other countries with British troops expected to land in Sudan within days.

Foreign nations pushed through with frantic evacuations of their citizens on April 24 from chaos-torn Sudan, where heavy fighting raged for a 10th day

Foreign nations pushed through with frantic evacuations of their citizens on April 24 from chaos-torn Sudan, where heavy fighting raged for a 10th day

Passengers from Sudan disembark from a Spanish Air Force plane at Torrejon Air Force Base in Madrid

Passengers from Sudan disembark from a Spanish Air Force plane at Torrejon Air Force Base in Madrid

Turkish citizens brought to Turkiye are waiting for the official procedure at the border gate of Metema

Turkish citizens brought to Turkiye are waiting for the official procedure at the border gate of Metema

A diplomatic source said the situation in Khartoum has become “extremely dangerous” for the British

and people from other countries with British troops expected to land in Sudan within days.

“Even the ambassador’s official residence is dangerous because a bomb hit his house and landed in the garden after he left on vacation.

“There are fears it could explode and it would be dangerous to be there. These are very worrying times.

It is not correct to say that diplomats have put their own safety first. This is a crisis that needs to be tackled with expertise and experience.

‘The personal safety and health of Britons in Sudan is paramount.’

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