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Bangladeshis in Iraq asked to maintain caution

  • Published at 07:21 am January 4th, 2020
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A picture published by the media office of the Iraqi military's joint operations forces on their official Facebook page shows a destroyed vehicle on fire following a US strike on January 3, 2020 on Baghdad international airport road in which top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed along with eight others, including the deputy head of Iraq's powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force AFP

Bangladesh Embassy will remain open 24/7 to extend consular services to expatriates

The Bangladesh Embassy in Baghdad has requested Bangladeshi expatriates in Iraq to stay alert and maintain caution considering the current security situation in the Middle-Eastern country.

In a statement issued on Friday, the embassy also requested Bangladeshis not to attend any gathering, rallies, and meetings to avoid unwanted incidents, reports UNB.

Bangladesh Embassy will remain open 24/7 to extend consular services to the expatriates. Everyone has been requested to extend cooperation.

The situation has been tense since last Sunday after US bombing killed at least 25 fighters of a militia backed by Iran. On Tuesday, protesters attacked the US Embassy in Baghdad, but the protests were withdrawn after two days of intense standoff.

Meanwhile, a US airstrike in Iraq, ordered by US President Donald Trump, killed Iran's most powerful military commander Gen Qasem Soleimani at the Baghdad airport early on Friday.

Between 2009 and November last year, about 75,748 Bangladeshis went to Iraq for work, according to the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.

On Friday, Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen also told Dhaka Tribune that Bangladesh government was closely monitoring the situation in the Middle East.

"We are closely monitoring the situation as well as safety and security of our people living in the region," he said.

"Most of our people live in Iraqi Kurdistan, which has been safe and stable for a number of years. Our worries are for those living in Baghdad and the surrounding areas," Masud added.

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