Arun Sudhaman 05 Sep 2014 // 8:35AM GMT
NICOSIA—Amid continuing political instability, Action Global has suspended operations in Iraq and scaled back its presence in Libya.
The PR network, which is headquartered in Nicosia, made the decisions after considering the safety of its staff in both locations.
Action has had a Baghdad office since 2003, but its four staffers are now being relocated to other operations within the company's Middle East network. In addition, the agency has also suspended plans to launch a new office in Northern Iraq's Erbil region next month.
In Libya, where Action was the first PR agency to enter in 2012 after Muammar Gaddafi's ouster, the firm is relocating some of its seven staff to its Egypt office. The reduced Libyan team continues to offer public relations services, amid widespread unrest in the North African country.
“I strongly believe that both Libya and Iraq will come back from their respective situations stronger than ever in the future," said Action Global CEO Tony Christodoulou.
"Both countries have a huge amount of potential which I have already seen firsthand, however the safety of our employees means that we had to find a flexible solution for them to continue to work in a safer environment."
Action currently operates offices in more than 40 countries across Central and Eastern Europe, Russia/CIS, Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean.