Emirati detained in Baghdad released

Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned against travelling to dangerous places for tourism or hunting
Emirati detained in Baghdad released
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By Shane McGinley
Sun 14 Jul 2013 09:52 AM

An Emirati detained in Baghdad has been released and has arrived back in the UAE, as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated its warning against travelling to dangerous locations like Iraq.

"As part of the interest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in following up on the conditions of UAE nationals abroad, the Ministry, in cooperation with the competent UAE and Iraqi authorities, and in coordination with the UAE Embassy in Baghdad, has been able to release UAE national Kh AM who was detained in Iraq,” the MoFA said in a statement to the state-run WAM news agency.

Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Butti Al Hamed, the Undersecretary of MoFA said “the released UAE national is in good health” and was due to arrive back in the UAE on Friday.

While it was not disclosed why the Emirati was detained by Iraqi authorities, the MoFA took the occasion “to reiterate the need for nationals to maintain communications with the Ministry, and to observe its warnings about traveling to places it considers as dangerous, whether for tourism or for hunting”.

He emphasised the need for Emiratis to register on the Tawajudi (Arabic for my presence) service for on MoFA's online portal at www.mofa.gov.ae when they are travelling abroad.

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