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The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Vice President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini, met this morning the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haidar al Abadi, accompanied by the Iraqi minister for Foreign Affairs, Ibrahimi al Jaafari.
The High Representative reaffirmed the support of the European Union to the Iraqi government and to the efforts for reforms and national reconciliation. Mrs Mogherini also underlined the importance of the final agreement on the transfer of revenues and oil between the federal government of Iraq and the government of the Kurdistan Region, signed on 2nd December.
"It is a significant step forward and an encouraging sign of continued resolve, leadership and willingness to compromise by all the parties involved", said Mogherini who expressed her willingness to visit Iraq in the coming weeks.
The meeting took place ahead of the first meeting of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL. The High Representative reaffirmed EU's commitment to work on the humanitarian assistance and security aspects, and to address the threat represented by foreign fighters.
"The EU will continue to use all the means available to support Iraq's efforts to preserve the unity, sovereignty and integrity of the country, achieve peace and security through a lasting political settlement, and contribute to socioeconomic development in the interest of all Iraqis", stated Mogherini.