March 18, 2020 / 3:30 PM / in 14 days

Spain's foreign minister urges Spaniards overseas to avoid travel

FILE PHOTO: Spain's Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya arrives to attend the first cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 14, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya on Wednesday urged Spaniards currently overseas to avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

Speaking via a video news conference, Gonzalez Laya asked the 2.7 million Spaniards living abroad to respect the health recommendations of their countries of residence, and reassured foreign visitors to Spain that the government would help them return home.

Reporting by Inti Landauro and Jessica Jones; Writing by Nathan Allen; Editing by Andrei Khalip

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