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EU to co-chair Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq

09/02/2018 - 15:17
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Reflecting the key role the EU is playing in the reconstruction of Iraq, the EU will co-chair an international conference aiming to renew and reinforce international commitments to the Iraqi people and government.

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The European Union will co-chair the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq, in Kuwait from 12 to 14 February 2018. The three-day event aims to mobilise additional international support for Iraq at this crucial time in the history of the country, following the territorial defeat of Da'esh in 2017. EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica said: “Iraq is at a crossroads in its history - it is now crucial to act quickly and rebuild the country with the participation of all the components of Iraqi society. The EU will remain a key partner to Iraq and the Iraqi people in reconstruction, stabilisation and longer term sustainable development".

In response to the latest crisis the EU has delivered over €650 million in humanitarian, stabilisation, security and development assistance, as well as in supporting the political reform agenda.

On Wednesday 14 February, High Representative Mogherini will co-chair the high level segment of the Conference, along with the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al–Jaber Al-Sabah, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, UN Secretary General António Guterres and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. She will also participate at the Meeting of the Ministers of the Global Coalition against Da'esh on Thursday 13 February. On Monday 12 February, Commissioner Stylianides will chair a session focussing on the important remaining humanitarian and protection priorities in Iraq and on the essential links towards early recovery and mid-longer term assistance. Commissioner Mimica will chair a specific session on the governance and accountability aspects of reconstruction.

More information and audio-visual coverage will be available on EbS. A factsheet on overall EU support to Iraq can be found here and on EU actions to counter Da'esh here