Iraqi and Lithuanian authorities raised the issue of Iraqi migrants stranded at the Belarusian-Lithuanian border on Sunday, while representatives of the two sides sought to find a joint effective method that would put an end to the migrant crisis.
In this regard, Iraq’s Foreign Minister, Fuad Hussein, met his Lithuanian counterpart Gabrielius Landsbergis, who arrived in the Iraqi capital earlier Sunday, according to TheSchengen.com.
Hussein indicated in a press conference after his talks with Landsbergis that “Iraq was able to return 4,000 Iraqis stranded on Belarus’ borders with Lithuania and Poland.”
In addition, he confirmed that there are some immigrants from Iraq stranded at the border without giving an exact number.
He pointed out that they “will be returned to Iraq voluntarily with their consent.”
For his part, the Lithuanian Foreign Minister confirmed that Iraq is the first country that ended the fighting with Belarus to stop the increasing numbers of migrants at the borders of the European Union.
He added that his discussions in Iraq also dealt with ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in several fields.
The neighboring countries of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, have constantly faced an increasing number of immigrants since August.
As reported by Memo, more than 8000 people tried to reach European countries by illegally crossing the Belarusian border with the European Union in 2021. The issue of migrants remains among the main problems of the EU authorities.
Earlier, the authorities in Lithuania announced that, according to Belarusian reports, Belarusian officials had ordered the expulsion of migrants still at the Polish-Belarus border. As a result, the Lithuanian government was concerned that such a move would lead to another influx of immigrants into Lithuania.
However, the President of Lithuania, Gitanas Nosida, recently said that he believes that the current state of emergency on the country’s border with Belarus will not be extended beyond January 14.
In order to deal with the current influx of immigrants from Belarus, the authorities in Poland have announced that the country will build a physical wall along its border with Belarus.
For the Latvian authorities, the country’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgar Rinkovic, said that the situation at the EU-Belarus borders underscores the need to implement new changes to the Schengen border law that will help prevent mixed threats in the future.