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Tajikistan Seeks Russian Help To Evacuate Citizens From Libya

Russian citizens who were evacuated from Libya leave a plane owned by the Emergency Situations Ministry at Domodedovo airport outside Moscow.
Tajik officials say they are trying to evacuate their citizens from Libya because of the dangerous unrest there, RFE/RL's Tajik Service reports.

Tajik Foreign Ministry spokesman Davlat Nazriev said on February 22 that there are 21 Tajik citizens in Libya, most of them students.

He said his ministry formally solicited Russian help in bringing them home, as Tajikistan does not have an embassy in Tripoli.

Nazriev said the Tajik Embassy in Cairo was working with the Russian Embassy there to help resolve the problem.

Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said Moscow was ready to help evacuate Tajik citizens from Libya, but first they would try to bring all Russian citizens home.

The duty officer at the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry told RFE/RL today that the first plane with people evacuated from Libya had landed in Russia. She said those on board were mostly Russians, but there were some Kazakhs.

The Tajik consul-general in Cairo, Muzaffar Muhammadi, told RFE/RL today that most telephone and Internet connections in Libya had been cut or blocked and they couldn't contact them.

He said he hoped Russian diplomats based in Cairo and Tripoli can help them locate the Tajiks and bring them home safely.

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