EU broad­ens ac­tiv­i­ties in Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

“The EU has de­cided to ex­pand its scope of mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian en­gage­ment in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion,”

The po­lit­i­cal chief of the Euro­pean Union’s del­e­ga­tion to Iraq, Charles Stu­art, met with the Head of the KRG For­eign Re­la­tions Depart­ment Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa in Er­bil last week to dis­cuss the lat­est hu­man­i­tar­ian, mil­i­tary, and po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ments and to re­it­er­ate the EU’s con­tin­ued support for Kur­dis­tan.

Stu­art said, “In the con­text of the cur­rent cri­sis in Iraq, the EU del­e­ga­tion in Bagh­dad has been tasked by Brussels to gather in­for­ma­tion and anal­y­sis on the mil­i­tary sit­u­a­tion and the KRG’s need for mil­i­tary as­sis­tance to cope with the ISIS threat.”

He con­veyed the de­ter­mi­na­tion of EU mem­ber states to con­tinue support for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in terms of hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and the fight against ISIS ter­ror­ism. He added, “We salute the re­silience of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in the face of the cur­rent se­cu­rity, hu­man­i­tar­ian, and fi­nan­cial chal­lenges fac­ing the Kur­dish peo­ple. The Kur­dis­tan Re­gion has shel­tered hun­dreds of thou­sands of mem­bers of re­li­gious mi­nori­ties and has been ef­fec­tively fight­ing a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion that poses an in­ter­na­tional threat.”

Be­cause the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion faces many chal­lenges simultaneously, “The EU has de­cided to ex­pand its scope of mil­i­tary and hu­man­i­tar­ian en­gage­ment in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion,” Stu­art said.

After wel­com­ing the del­e­ga­tion, Min­is­ter Mus- tafa said “Mem­bers of the Euro­pean Union have played a cru­cial role in gal­va­niz­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and mil­i­tary as­sis­tance for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion by com­mu­ni­cat­ing the KRG’s mes­sage to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity with ap­pro­pri­ate ur­gency. The gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion are grate­ful for th­ese ac­tions.”

Min­is­ter Mustafa also briefed the del­e­ga­tion on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments and the for­ma­tion of Iraq’s new gov­ern­ment.

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