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No:403/21, Information of the Press Service Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the repatriation of Azerbaijani children from the Republic of Iraq

On October 28, 2021, 38 children, citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan, held in prisons and orphanages of the Republic of Iraq, were repatriated to our country.

Bringing these people to our country was possible as a result of coordinated and phased measures taken by the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Thus, first of all, the location of the repatriates and their citizenship of the Republic of Azerbaijan were determined. After that, they were provided with return certificates and flight tickets to the Republic of Azerbaijan. Members of the Working Group, consisting of government agencies responsible for the repatriation and rehabilitation of Azerbaijani citizens from the Republic of Iraq and Syrian Arab Republic, have been sent to Baghdad to prepare for the process of repatriation of children to Azerbaijan. The members of the Working Group conducted a preliminary medical and psychological examination of Azerbaijani citizens and provided them with the necessary assistance.

As a result, 38 children accompanied by the delegation of the Republic of Azerbaijan were repatriated to our country on the Baghdad-Istanbul-Baku route.

Upon arrival in the Republic of Azerbaijan, it is planned to take all necessary measures for the reintegration and rehabilitation of the children.

In this regard, a total of 288 Azerbaijani citizens, including 286 children and 2 women, have been repatriated from the Republic of Iraq so far.

It should be noted that the repatriation process, which is a clear example of the state's care for its citizens, is the next humane step of this kind. The Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan will continue to take necessary measures to protect the rights and freedoms of its citizens in accordance with national legislation and international agreements to which our country is a party.

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