EU underlines importance of KICRI

The European Union announced Friday that it will co-chair the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI), from February 12 to 14.

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 the so-called Islamic State (IS) in 2017, said a statement by the European Commission.

“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,” said EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica, in a joint statement.

On Wednesday, February 14, Mogherini will co-chair the high level segment of the Conference, along with His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, UN Secretary General Antonio 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; the Arabic acronym for ISIL, on Tuesday, February 13.

On Monday, February 12, Commissioner Stylianides will chair a session focusing 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.

The EU has delivered over EUR 650 million (USD 896 million) in humanitarian, stabilisation, security and development assistance, as well as in supporting the political reform agenda in Iraq, noted the statement.

Source: Kuwait news Agency