On 6 November 2019 the Head of Mission, Dr. Markus Ritter, met with the Minister of Interior, H.E. Dr. Yassin Tahir al-Yassiri, to discuss the current political and security situation. The Minister shared his view on the events and stated, that the security forces, after having been surprised by the size and the violence of the demonstrations at the beginning of October, are better prepared now and have order not to use lethal weapons against the demonstrators. The Head of Mission expressed his condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims during the protests.
He confirmed that EUAM Iraq will continue to support the Ministry of Interior and keep close contact to its Iraqi counterparts, because only a long term and permanent engagement will bring positive results especially in the field of human rights.