As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Anne Richard Visits Iraq

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

U.S. As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for Pop­u­la­tion, Refugees, and Mi­gra­tion Anne Richard vis­ited Er­bil to as­sess refugee as­sis­tance ef­forts, to which the United States has contributed nearly 70 mil­lion dol­lars to date.

Dur­ing her three–day visit, Ms. Richard met with Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani and other se­nior KRG of­fi­cials, the gover­nors of Er­bil and Sulaimaniyah prov­inces, as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions work­ing on the ground. Ms. Richard also vis­ited the Kaw­er­gowsk and Dara Shakran refugee camps and met with lo­cal of­fi­cials. She spoke di­rectly to Syr­ian refugee fam­i­lies to learn first-hand of their ex­pe­ri­ences.

In her meet­ings, Ms. Richard thanked the govern­ment and peo­ple of Iraq, in­clud­ing the Iraqi Kur­dis- tan Re­gion, for their gen­eros­ity and hos­pi­tal­ity in car­ing for the Syr­ian refugees, and for co­or­di­nat­ing with in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian agen­cies. As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Richard said, “We un­der­stand that an in­flux of refugees may place a strain on host com­mu­ni­ties. We ap­plaud the spirit of tol­er­ance and gen­eros­ity from the Iraqi Kur­dis­tan Re­gion's res­i­dents and of­fi­cials who are as­sist­ing these refugees.” She re­it­er­ated the com­mit­ment of the United States to help­ing Iraq as it shoul­ders this re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The United States is the sin­gle largest donor to the in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian re­sponse to the Syria cri­sis, pro­vid­ing more than 1.3 bil­lion dol­lars for food, shel­ter, med­i­cal care, ed­u­ca­tion, clean wa­ter, and san­i­ta­tion to peo­ple in Syria and the more than 2.2 mil­lion Syr­ian refugees in the re­gion.

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