Iran-Israel conflict: Mindef ready to help repatriate Malaysians

KUALA KUBU BARU: The Defence Ministry is prepared to assist the Foreign Affairs Ministry if there is a need to bring back Malaysians in Iran following the increasingly worrying conflict between the country and the Israeli Zionist regime.

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said, however, the decision is subject to Wisma Putra after assessing the latest situation in the country involved.

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According to him, the government will definitely take the appropriate action to ensure that Malaysians wherever they are, are safe and spared from any conflict of war.

"So far there is no (war in Iran), nothing more than a temporary drone attack... Accordingly, we (Mindef) depend on Wisma Putra, they will know everything (development of the situation in Iran).

"It doesn't mean that the Armed Forces are ordered to go there (Iran) but if necessary, we need to first study the logistics and the routes we can enter and cannot enter... if this happens, the 'frontliner' is Wisma Putra to tell us...what role can we play, because as an army we cannot go straight into other countries," he said.

He said this after visiting the Armed Forces Family House at Taman Seruling here Monday (April 22).

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Mohamed Khaled said before the decision to bring back Malaysians is made, verified information about the situation in Iran needs to be carefully studied on whether the situation in the country is getting worse or vice versa.

Earlier, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was reported to have said that the government is ready to bring back Malaysians in Iran if the development of the conflict between the country and the Zionist regime becomes more worrying.

Last Friday, Israel launched an attack on Iran in response to Tehran's attack last weekend.

Tel Aviv previously warned of retaliation after Iran launched 300 drones and missiles at Israel last weekend, but most were intercepted.

Tehran's attack was in response to Israel's bombing of the Iranian consulate in Damascus earlier this month. - Bernama

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