Minister of National Defence Nicolae Ciuca said on Wednesday that the Romanian military carrying out training and counseling missions in Iraq were not affected by the recent missile attacks by Iran on the bases used by the US Army.
“The Romanian military carrying out training and counseling missions in Iraq were not affected by the recent missile attacks by Iran on the military bases used by the US Army in Iraq,” Ciuca wrote on Facebook.
He added that the Ministry of National Defence (MApN) keeps in touch with the Romanian troops and constantly assesses the security situation in the area, together with Romania’s partners and allies, indicating that the relocation of the military will be carried out according to contingency plans.
According to AFP, the Iraqi Military Command announced on Wednesday that 22 Iranian missiles had fallen on two military bases in Iraq’s territory “without casualties among Iraqi forces”, following a response by Iran against US interests, that killed on Friday Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
ForMin Aurescu: Romania is firmly reiterating its call to de-escalation of Iran-U.S. conflict
Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu has said in Brussels on Wednesday that in the context of the Iran-U.S. conflict there is a series of “concerning developments and an escalation of tensions,” and Romania is making a firm call “to de-escalation.”
“We have noted a series of concerning developments and an escalation of tensions – firm promises of direct retaliation or through some proxies. Moreover, we have seen new attacks on the facility of the anti-Daesh coalition, acting in Iraq,” Aurescu said.
He also brought to mind the resolution that the Iraqi Parliament adopted to demand the foreign military forces to leave the Iraqi territory, “which, nevertheless, doesn’t contribute to ease the situation, particularly taking into account that the forces of the Coalition against Daesh are aimed at training Iraqi military to respond to the challenge represented by the Islamic State.”
“We have equally noted a statement of Iran under which it further disengages the participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program, which, as well, doesn’t contribute to a positive evolution in this file,” the Romanian Foreign Minister pointed out.
In this context, Aurescu said, “Iran’s missile attack on bases in Iraq hosting U.S. servicemen and those of the Coalition against Daesh does not contribute in any case and in any way to the reduction of tensions in Iraq and in the region, but on the contrary, it can lead to an additional deterioration of the security situation in Iraq and in the neighbourhood.”
“It is a possible severe deterioration of this situation. Therefore, Romania is firmly reiterating its call to de-escalation,” Bogdan Aurescu underscored.
No Romanian citizens affected by Iranian missile attack in Erbil
Foreign Affairs Minister Bogdan Aurescu has stated in Brussels on Wednesday that there are no Romanian citizens affected by the Iranian missile attack in Erbil.
“Taking into account that a series of missiles also targeted the Erbil region, where a community of approximately 180 Romanian citizen is found, through the Consulate General of Romania in Erbil, we have confirmed the fact that the Romanian citizens are not affected by these developments,” he mentioned.
According to Aurescu, “the Romanian servicemen who are part of the Coalition against Daesh haven’t been affected by these attacks.”