The European Commission has today adopted a joint communication which proposes a new EU strategy for Iraq.
The proposal details the EU’s current support efforts in the country, and establishes a long term plan which will also tie into the Iraqi government’s priorities, following the territorial defeat of the so-called Islamic State (Daesh) late last year. It will focus on the humanitarian aid provided to Iraq by the EU, which is currently being allocated towards the stabilisation of the areas liberated from Daesh control.
Federica Mogherini, the commission’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, highlighted the urgent need for a policy to support Iraq in its pursuit of a unified, democratic country: “Iraq is at a crossroads in its history following the territorial defeat of Daesh at great sacrifice. It is now crucial to act quickly and rebuild the country with the participation of all the components of Iraqi society, to promote and protect fundamental rights and the rule of law in each and every area. Only inclusiveness can guarantee true reconciliation so that Iraqis can close once and for all with the past. This needs international support and we are ready to contribute, to keep supporting the Iraqi people and government in these challenges, for the sake of the people of the country and the region.”
An estimated 3 million Iraqis remain displaced in the region, unable to return to their homes, and widespread reconstruction efforts will need to take place to consolidate peace and build a united country in which all citizens can fully enjoy their rights, the commission concluded.