Foreign Ministry completes specific procedures to repatriate five Romanian citizens from Syria

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Romania's Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) has informed that after complex steps were taken at the level of its task force, specific procedures were completed for the repatriation from Syria of five Romanian citizens and a Syrian citizen member of the Romanian family.

The repatriation was done with support from the embassies of Romania in Damascus and Beirut and from the International Organization for Migration.

A mobile consular team from the Romanian diplomatic mission in Beirut went to the Syrian border crossing point to provide consular assistance and protection.

MAE has fully covered visa-related costs for each repatriated citizen in order to enter the Lebanese Republic. Part of the repatriation process, the Romanian Embassy in Damascus provided accommodations.

The Embassy of Romania in Damascus is currently providing consular assistance and protection to the citizens of Australia, Canada, France, Moldova and Portugal in Syria.

According to MAE, since the beginning of the evacuation operations in Syria in 2011, 735 Romanian citizens and their family members have been repatriated through the direct intervention of the embassies of Romania in Damascus and Beirut and under the coordination of the MAE task force.

MAE is reiterating its firm recommendations to Romanian citizens living in conflict zones to leave the area and to contact Romania's local missions to announce their presence in the region so that they can benefit from consular assistance and protection.

At the same time, MAE is recommending its "Calatoreste in siguranta" (Travel Safely) app that can be downloaded to any smartphone and the use of the SMS alert service under the "An SMS can save your life!" information campaign. AGERPRES (RO — author: Mihaela Tudorache, editor: Claudia Stanescu; EN — author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Adina Panaitescu)

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