Nepal seeks repatriation of trapped workers from Iraq

Foreign Affairs Ministry asks Pakistan, India and Turkey to help evacuate Nepalis to safer locations

KATHMANDU, Nepal – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nepal Mahendra Bahadur Pandey has asked Pakistan, India and Turkey for support in repatriating Nepali workers trapped in Iraq.

The ministry has made official requests to the three countries with a view to bring the Nepali workers safely home following the gradual worsening security situation in strife-torn Iraq.

“We have asked governments of Pakistan, India and Turkey through diplomatic channels for support in the repatriation of the trapped Nepali workers,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Pandey said.

“Since we don’t have a residential embassy to look after affairs in Iraq, we have directed our embassies in Pakistan and Kuwait to monitor the situation of Nepali workers and the ongoing turmoil there,” he said.

The Nepal government urged international agencies – the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Office of Migration (IoM) – to help evacuate the distressed Nepalis to safer locations within or outside Iraq or to facilitate their repatriation.

Recently, the Nepal Embassy in India made a separate request to the India’s Ministry of External Affairs for support in repatriating Nepali workers. Senior embassy official requested the Indian government for support in repatriating Nepali workers along with Indian workers.

Minister Pandey said that the Indian government expressed readiness to extend support in bringing back Nepali workers along with the Indian workers from different Iraqi cities. Nepal’s Joint Secretary Arjun Mainali will be stationed at the Nepal Embassy in Kuwait to expedite repatriation as soon as possible.

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