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Foreign Ministry pursuing situation of Iranians stranded on Belarus-Lithuania border

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says the Ministry, including its staffers at home and abroad, are closely following up the situation of more than a dozen Iranian nationals, who have been stranded on the Belarus-Lithuania border.

“The Ministry is pursuing the situation seriously” and would keep up its efforts until its complete resolution, Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Sunday.

The individuals number 13, including 10 women and three men, who have been stranded on the common border for several days.

Upon finding out about the situation, the Ministry contacted Iran’s Embassy in Minsk, Khatibzadeh said. The diplomatic mission, in turn, established contacts of its own with the Belarusian ministry of foreign affairs and other relevant authorities, urging them to “immediately” address the Iranian nationals’ situation, he added.

The embassy has also dispatched a delegation to the common border and established direct contact with one of the affected individuals earlier in the day, noted the spokesperson.

The delegation, he added, was currently trying to enable the Iranians’ return home.

“We are positive that, within the framework of Tehran-Minsk relations, the Belarusian government will provide the necessary and sufficient cooperation until resolution of the Iranian nationals’ situation,” Khatibzadeh concluded.

 


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