Five Romanian citizens, including four minors, were evacuated upon request on August 11 from Syria via Turkey, Romania’s Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) announced on Friday.
MAE specified that the group was moved by land and air with support from the Romanian Embassy in Damascus, the Romanian Embassy in Ankara, Romania’s Consulate General in Istanbul and the International Organisation for Migration.
“The Romanian General Consulate in Istanbul issued the necessary travel papers for the repatriation of the group of Romanian citizens and offered consular assistance throughout the process, also providing full logistics support. The group of five arrived safely in Bucharest on August 11. This move is part of MAE’s constant efforts to provide consular support through the Romanian embassies in Beirut and Damascus to Romanian nationals who are in special situations in countries facing major security risks,” said MAE.
MAE mentioned having taken steps since 2011 to provide consular assistance and protection and having facilitated so far the evacuation and repatriation from Syria of 722 Romanian citizens and family members.
“The Romanian Embassy in Damascus is currently providing consular assistance and protection including for Australian, Canadian, French and Moldovan citizens on Syria’s soil. The Foreign Affairs Ministry reiterates its firm recommendations to Romanian citizens located in conflict zones, to register their presence in the region with Romania’s local missions in order to receive consular assistance and protection,” said MAE.