Czech police officers to leave Baghdad

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-10 01:08:20|Editor: huaxia

PRAGUE, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Five Czech police officers stationed in Baghdad, Iraq, will return to the Czech Republic due to training activities being halted since tensions escalated in Iraq, Czech National Police President Jan Svejdar said on Twitter on Thursday.

"Due to the interruption of training and limited operations at the training center in Baghdad, Czech policemen will move back to the Czech Republic. At the moment of renewal of the standard operation they will return to Iraq," Svejdar said.

Iraqi police have left the training camp, so there is currently no one to train with, according to Czech police.

The Czech Republic still has 40 troops in Iraq as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) training mission. Defense Minister Jan Pejsek said that the soldiers are safe and that they are working with NATO partners on their next steps and a possible withdrawal.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis confirmed after Thursday's meeting of the State Security Council that Czech military personnel and diplomatic staff are not in any danger.

"On the basis of the latest developments, the State Security Council has assessed that tensions in the region have been reduced," the government said in a press release. Enditem