HR/VP Federica Mogherini will travel to Baghdad on 22 December where she will be meeting the President of the Republic Fuad Masoum, Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and Foreign Minister Ibrahim al Jaafari. She will also meet with the Speaker of the Council of Representative's (CoR) Ibrahim Al Jabouri. The HR/VP will send a message of solidarity and confirm the EU readiness to deepen the relationship with Iraq.
HR/VP Mogherini will also travel to Erbil on 23 December where she will discuss the major challenges facing the Kurdistan region and its people with President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Massoud Barzani and Prime-Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government Nechirvan Barzani, both with regard to the fight against ISIL / Da'esh and in confronting the humanitarian disaster that ISIL has created.
The EU has provided EUR 20 million in humanitarian aid and is already implementing development projects in Iraq. It stands ready to provide further humanitarian and development support to Iraq. The EU will also continue to support the country in its fight against violent extremism. Before leaving, HRVP will visit the Christian refugees centre where she will meet with families and children hosted by this center.