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April 16, 2021

Action by Foreign Ministry with Syrian authorities for updates about Romanians possibly affected by attack

No cases have been reported of Romanian nationals killed or wounded following military actions in Syria since the start of the Syrian conflict until the time of the chemical attack on Khan Sheikhoun, the Romanian Foreign Ministry said in a Friday release.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the Romanian Embassy in Damascus has taken steps with the Syrian authorities to obtain official data about Romanian citizens who may have been affected by the attack.

The Foreign Ministry’s crisis cell is active and makes all efforts to support the Romanian citizens, the cited source said.

The Foreign Ministry mentioned that since the beginning of the conflict in 2011 it has offered consular assistance to the Romanian citizens on the territory of the Syrian Arab Republic, given the precarious security situation in this state. Throughout this period, actions for the safe repatriation of the Romanian citizens and families who requested this have continued, with over 728 Romanian nationals and family members having been safely repatriated in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

The Foreign Ministry mentions having issued ever since the beginning of the conflict in 2011 firm recommendations for the Romanian citizens who were in Syria to urgently leave the Syrian territory via the still operational transport means and to contact Romania’s on-site missions to register their presence in the region, to be able to receive consular assistance and protection.

At the same time, given the professionalism proven by the successful management of numerous crisis situations, as well as in recognition of Romania’s capacity to act through its consular service in sensitive areas and situations, several states including France, the Republic of Moldova, Australia and Canada, have turned to Romania for providing consular assistance to their citizens in Syria, the Foreign Ministry said.

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