India Sunday asked its citizens to not travel to troubled-torn Iraq and set up a 24-hour helpline to offer assistance to those living there.
The External Affairs Ministry has also asked Indians residing there to consider leaving the country in view of the “precarious” security situation there.
The Indian Embassy in Baghdad has set up a 24-hour helpline. The MEA also said, “Indian nationals in Iraq may consider leaving the country by commercial means if it is safe to do so.”
It also asked Indians living in violence-affected areas in Iraq to remain indoors and remain in contact with Indian Embassy in Baghdad.
“Those nationals who do not have travel documents or need other consular services are advised to seek assistance from the Indian Embassy in Baghdad,” the MEA also said.
The MEA has given the following phone numbers for those who need assistance — +964 770 444 4899; +964 770 44 4899; +964 770 484 3247; +964 770 484 3247.