Government to bear rescue expenses

  • iraq crisis
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 4, 2014-

The government has decided to bear the expenses incurred in the rescue of Nepali citizens caught amid the sectarian violence in Iraq. A Cabinet meeting took the decision to that end on Friday.  

The government has already deployed a team led by Joint Secretary Arjun Prasad Mainali from the Foreign Ministry to coordinate the rescue mission, said Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal.

Mainali, who is a special representative of the foreign minister for Iraq, is currently in Kuwait, and he has been meeting the Kuwaiti officials and representative of international humanitarian organisations to pull out the Nepalis from the embattled cities of Iraq.

He is preparing visit the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad to carry out the rescue

mission.  According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at least six Nepalis are trapped in two Iraqi cities, and they need to be evacuated immediately.

“We came to understand that the situation at ground in Iraq is different than we had anticipated. We had feared that there could be hundreds of Nepalis trapped in Iraq, but the number of rescue requests has not even reached 100 so far,” said MoFA Spokesperson Dipak Dhital.

The actual number of Nepalis living in Iraq is not certain, but most Nepalese are said to be working as employees for oil rigs, security companies, catering service providers, and restaurants.  

The Cabinet meeting of Friday also decided to exempt the arrears of public welfare advertisement on  newspapers, take a grant of Rs 940 million from the United Nations Habitat Programme for Sustainable Urbanization Development, and accept an assistance of Rs 6 billion from the World Bank for drinking water project, Minister Rijal said.  He added the meeting further decided to form a committee to take Rs 2.5 billion from the International Fund for agricultural development.

 

Published: 05-07-2014 08:59

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