January 8, 2020 / 4:55 AM / a month ago

India issues travel warning on Iraq after Iran attacks

NEW DELHI, Jan 8 (Reuters) - India on Wednesday issued a travel warning asking its citizens to avoid “non-essential” travel to Iraq, hours after Iran launched missile attacks on U.S.-led forces in Iraq.

Iran’s attack came in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a war in the Middle East.

“In view of the prevailing situation in Iraq, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq until further notification,” India’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

“Indian nationals residing in Iraq are advised to be alert and may avoid travel within Iraq,” it said, adding that the Indian embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil remain operational. (Reporting by Zeba Siddiqui in NEW DELHI; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)

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