Q: What is China's comment on the recent tensions in Iraq? Have Chinese citizens or institutions there been affected?
A: The Chinese side follows closely the security situation in Iraq, supports the efforts by the Iraqi government to maintain national security and stability and hopes to see an early restoration of security, stability and order in Iraq.
The Chinese government attaches high importance to the security and the lawful rights and interests of Chinese citizens and institutions in Iraq. The Chinese Embassy in Iraq has asked the Iraqi side to take concrete measures to ensure the security of Chinese citizens there. In response to the recent tensions in Iraq, the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy have issued travel alerts, advising Chinese citizens not to go to Iraq for the time being and Chinese citizens in Iraq to follow closely the security situation on the ground, take security precautions and stay away from the conflict zone.
The Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Iraq will continue to follow closely the developments of the situation in Iraq and take all necessary means to ensure the security and the lawful rights and interests of Chinese citizens and institutions in Iraq.