‘Avoid non-essential travel to Iraq,’ suggests Ministry of External Affairs in its advisory
As a precautionary measure, Ministry of External Affairs, India has issued a travel advisory to its fellow citizen asking them to avoid non-essential travel to Iraq. The advisory was issued hours after Iran launched missile attack on U.S. forces in Iraq, in retaliation to killing of its top commander General Qassem Soleimani.
In an official statement, India’s foreign ministry announced the travel advisory which stated, “In view of the prevailing situation in Iraq, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq until further notification.” It further added that Indian nationals residing in Iraq are advised to be alert and may avoid travel within Iraq and also announced that the Indian embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil will remain operational.
Besides, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked Indian airline companies to take all precautions in airspace over Iran, Iraq, Gulf of Oman and waters of Persian Gulf, hours after the missile attack on U.S forces.