The Spanish Government has issued a warning to discourage Spanish citizens from travelling to Iraq and Iran, following the mounting tension in the region.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain has followed guidelines issued by the EU, and strongly advises those with plans to travel to the region to postpone their trips, after the US assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimaini poses serious risk to Spaniards.
In the case of Iraq, the government advises that all tourism related trips are postponed, where in Iran, the Ministry also states that “given the growing tension in the region, it is recommended to cancel all travel plans.” There are also a number of Spaniards who join humanitarian efforts launched by charities both in Iran and Iraq, who are strongly advised to remain in the country.
For Spaniards who are already in the region, they warn of the possible risk to their lives, and discourage citizens to avoid, in all circumstances, participating in demonstrations. They also ask individuals to “refrain from gathering in crowded places and to avoid unnecessary trips from their homes or hotels.”
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that there are Spanish troops on the ground both in Iraq and Lebanon, and state that so far there have been no reported casualties with soldiers keeping high morale.
In Iraq, approximately 500 Spanish soldiers are taking part in the mission training of Iraqi forces as part of an international coalition against terrorism. The troops are stationed in Baghdad, in a complex next to the airport, as well as in the northern area of Taji and in Besmayah.
As Euro Weekly News understands, the Government is analysing the situation with allied countries due to the risks posed to the troops. Margarita Robles, the Acting Minister, states that the soldiers are “remaining especially attentive and prepared at this time.”