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Iraq cancels flights to Minsk for 10 days due to migration crisis in Lithuania

Source : 112 Ukraine

EU Ambassador to Iraq Martin Huth said the Iraqi government formed a committee to investigate the possible smuggling of Iraqi migrants into Lithuania via Belarus
13:16, 5 August 2021

AFP news agency

Flights from Iraq to Minsk should be canceled for the next ten days considering the attempts of Lithuania and the EU to cope with illegal migration from Belarus. This was stated by the EU Ambassador to Iraq Martin Huth in an interview with the Baltic News Service.

"We received information from several sources that flights are canceled for the next ten days. This seems to be very reliable information. As far as we understand, Iraqi Airways has informed all travel agencies of the country about this," the diplomat said.

He added that he had not yet received an official notification from Iraqi Airways.

Huth also said the Iraqi government formed a committee to investigate the possible smuggling of Iraqi migrants into Lithuania via Belarus.

Related: Lithuania overwhelmed by influx of migrants. How Vilnius is trying to solve the problem

As it was reported earlier, the EU urged recently the Iraqi government to provide help in restraining the migrants' influx into Lithuania through Belarus.

This year, more than 4,000 illegal migrants crossed the border of Belarus with Lithuania. Most of them are Iraqis.

As a reminder, on July 2, the Lithuanian government declared a state of emergency at the national level in connection with an increase in the flow of illegal migrants from Belarus. On July 7, Lithuanian authorities announced that a wall would be built on the border with Belarus.

The country's officials believe that the increase in migration flows is an organized action of the Minsk regime against Lithuania and the EU.

Related: Ukraine to provide Lithuania with barbwire for its border with Belarus

 

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