The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iraq ordered Belarus to close the consulates in Baghdad and Irbil, the deputy head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Paweł Jabłoński informed on Twitter. He added that he thanked the head of Iraqi diplomacy for this decision and that he was ready to cooperate further to resolve the migration crisis.
“Important: The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs ordered Belarus to close two consulates in Baghdad and Irbil. Today I turned to Iraq’s Deputy Foreign Minister Nazir al-Kairallah with thanks for this decision and readiness to continue cooperation to solve the migration crisis,” Deputy Minister Jabłoński wrote on Saturday evening at Twitter.
State of emergency
Since the spring, the number of attempts to illegally cross the Belarusian border with Lithuania, Latvia and Poland by migrants from the Middle East countries, including Iraq, Africa and other regions, has increased sharply. The European Union and the Member States believe that this is the result of deliberate actions by Belarus in response to the sanctions. Since the beginning of the year, the Border Guard has recorded over 30,000 attempts to illegally cross the Polish-Belarusian border.
A state of emergency has been in force in 183 towns in the Podlaskie and Lubelskie voivodships, adjacent to the border with Belarus, on 2 September. Journalists related to the state of emergency are not allowed to enter the border area. Therefore, they are forced to rely on official information provided by border guards and government officials.
On Thursday, the head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Mariusz Kamiński, announced that a five-meter-long steel fence would be erected on the border with Belarus by the middle of next year. The dam along the border with Belarus will be built on a length of 180 km in Podlasie. The Bug River is a natural dam in the Lublin region. On the border, there will be a five-meter-long steel fence topped with a half-meter coil of barbed wire – in total, the dam will be 5.5 meters high. Along the border there will be motion sensors as well as day and night cameras.
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