MINSK, 25 October (BelTA) - Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh commented on the situation with Iranian nationals stranded on the Belarus-Lithuania border, BelTA informs with reference to the Embassy of Iran in the Republic of Belarus.
When asked about the situation, Iran's Foreign Ministry representative said: “Once the Foreign Ministry learned about this, it instructed the Iranian embassy in Belarus to immediately look into the matter. The embassy contacted the Belarus Foreign Ministry and other relevant authorities to gain more information about the stranded Iranians and to resolve their predicament. The Iranian embassy in Minsk asked the relevant Belarus bodies to help it gain access to the Iranians on the border and to immediately address their situation.”
According to Saeed Khatibzadeh, given the urgency of the matter, the Iranian embassy also made an effort to directly contact the stranded Iranians. He said that Iran's ambassador to Minsk talked to one of them over the phone and that a team from the embassy was sent to the Belarus-Lithuania border to pave the way for the returning of the Iranians to their home country. The team is now in the border area and in collaboration with the regional border authorities is trying to resolve the problems of the compatriots as quickly as possible.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the Iranian embassy has been in constant contact with the relevant Belarusian authorities and that is has conveyed Tehran's serious concern over the situation with the Iranian nationals in the border area to Belarus. He noted that the Foreign Ministry also pursued the matter through the Belarus Embassy in Tehran.
Iran is confident that the Belarusian government will offer sufficient and necessary assistance to resolve the problem in the spirit of the friendly ties between Tehran and Minsk, Saeed Khatibzadeh said. He also noted that the Iranian Foreign Ministry will continue monitoring the issue until it is resolved fully.