Following the holding of a victory celebration on 10 December the EU congratulates the Iraqi people and government on this important occasion, which opens up the possibility of a brighter future for Iraq. The Prime Minister’s remarks that the fight against corruption will represent a continuation of the fight against Da’esh and the government’s commitment to respect the rights of all of Iraqis, men and women regardless of their ethnicity or religious identity, are also welcome signs in view of the many challenges that lie ahead.
The EU will support the government to persevere on the path of reforms and reconciliation as this is the only effective means to defeat extremism and terrorism for the long term. With the territorial integrity of Iraq preserved, the EU encourages the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government to engage in a constructive dialogue on all unresolved issues based on the constitution.
The EU will continue to support the Iraqi people and government to address the critical humanitarian, stabilisation, reform and reconciliation challenges that lie ahead in the coming years.