Iraq crisis: Deeply concerned with deteriorating security situation, says MEA

As crisis in Iraq deepens with Sunni militants capturing towns and advancing towards Baghdad, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday that Indian government is deeply concerned with the deteriorating security situation.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: As crisis in Iraq deepens with Sunni militants capturing towns and advancing towards Baghdad, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Monday that Indian government is deeply concerned with the deteriorating security situation.

Syed Akbaruddin, spokesperson, the Ministry of External Affairs wrote on microblogging website twitter - “India deeply concerned with deteriorating security situation in Iraq resulting from taking over of Mosul & Tikrit by terrorist outfits.”

Later, the same was released in a press release issues by the Ministry of External Affairs here.

Strongly condemning the attacks, the MEA further said that the Indian Government firmly stands by the Iraq Government and its people in their fight against international terrorism and in their efforts to preserve the unity and territorial integrity of the friendly country of Iraq.

It also said that the safety and security of the Indian nationals currently in Iraq remains a matter of serious concern for the Indian Government.
The press release added, “An advisory has been issued giving the details of a 24 hour helpline set up by the Indian Embassy in Baghdad for assistance of Indian nationals there."

Meanwhile, speaking to an English news channel, the Indian ambassador to Iraq today said that there are 86 Indians stranded in Iraq, a majority being nurses from Kerala.

The Ambassador assured that the stranded nurses and their families are safe and that the government is doing its best to get them home safely.

Yesterday, India had issued an advisory for its citizens to return home, and set up helpline numbers at its Baghdad embassy.

The helpline numbers set by the Indian Embassy in Baghdad are - +964 770 444 4899 and +964 770 484 3247.

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