Baghdad has repatriated nearly 4,000 of its residents caught on the Belarus borders with European Union members Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in current weeks, Iraq’s overseas minister stated Sunday.
Since November 18, the Iraqi authorities has organised “10 flights from Baghdad to Belarus” to repatriate its residents, Fuad Hussein instructed a press convention in Baghdad along with his Lithuanian counterpart.
“We’ve been in a position to repatriate round 4,000 Iraqis who had been caught on the Belarus borders with Poland, Lithuania and Latvia,” he stated.
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Overseas ministry spokesman Ahmed al-Sahaf later instructed AFP that “3,817 Iraqi migrants have been repatriated from Belarus and 112 from Lithuania”.
The flights have usually arrived in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan area, the place lots of the would-be migrants are from, earlier than persevering with to Baghdad.
Sahaf stated some Iraqis had been nonetheless caught in Belarus, however that “the troublesome climate and complicated setting don’t permit rescuers to find out their numbers”.
Lithuanian Overseas Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, who additionally met with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi, stated he needed “to usher in new cooperation concepts” with Iraq.
Since final summer time, 1000’s of migrants, many from the Center East and Iraq particularly, had been camped on the Belarus-EU border, usually in bitter situations, attempting to enter the bloc.
The West has accused Belarus of luring the migrants to the border as revenge for sanctions in opposition to President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime.
Belarus has denied the declare and criticised the EU for not taking within the migrants.
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