EU broadens activities in Kurdistan
“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.