France to support Iraq in combating Daesh and rebuilding [fr]
Iraq – Visit by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs – Statement by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson
Paris, 26 August 2017
M. Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, has been visiting Iraq on 25 and 26 August with Mme Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces.
M. Jean-Yves Le Drian met the President of the Republic of Iraq, Mr Fuad Masum, the Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, and his Iraqi counterpart, Mr Ibrahim al-Jaafari. He also met the Kurdish authorities, including the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Mr Masoud Barzani.
The victory of Iraqi forces in Mosul represents a decisive blow to Daesh’s [so-called ISIL’s] territorial claims, and the group’s grasp on Iraqi territory continues to weaken. This battle was launched in October 2016 with the French army providing support to the Iraqi forces, whose bravery was commended by M. Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The fight against Daesh must continue in order to liberate the areas of Iraq still under occupation, notably Tal Afar, Hawija and Anbar Province. M. Jean-Yves Le Drian is assuring his interlocutors of France’s constant commitment alongside them to defeat the terrorist organization and is also reiterating our commitment to protecting civilians.
France will support the stabilization and reconstruction of Iraq in order to achieve sustainable peace which reconciles all parts of Iraqi society. It is with this goal in mind that M. Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed the attribution of a loan of €430 million to Iraq for 2017. This loan will allow the country to access international funding programmes with greater ease, something which is key to helping the reconstruction phase.
This visit also gives new momentum to the relationship between our two countries in all areas. France wishes to develop its links with Iraq in all fields, including political dialogue, economic relations and cooperation efforts.