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Successful conclusion to the problem of Bulgarian citizens who were stranded in Iraq

09 August 2011

A group of 13 Bulgarians who were working on an oil facility near Basra will return to Bulgaria today, on a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul and from there by bus to Varna.

The group had been hired by Bulgarian company KZU Engineering, a sub-contractor of Iraqi company Elite Home Group.

A final group of 27 people will travel on August 11. Of their own free will, 14 workers will remain on-site.
Earlier this month, the first two groups of 101 Bulgarian citizens returned to this country.

On July 19 2011, the Foreign Ministry received a report of problems at the Zubayr 2 camp, with a request for assistance for Bulgarian citizens who wanted to return home because work at the site had stopped.

The Foreign Ministry immediately formed a working group to deal with the case and contact the company as well as the Iraqi authorities. Through co-ordinated and swift action by the Foreign Ministry and the Bulgarian Embassy in Kuwait, exit visas were obtained and the repatriation of the workers was arranged. All of the Bulgarian citizens involved are in good health.

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