In areas in Iraq that have been liberated from ISIS, mines and booby-traps are still one of the main obstacles to the return of refugees. The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), which is co-funded by Germany, plays a key role in stabilising the country.
Broad engagement by the Global Coalition against the Daesh terrorist organisation in Iraq and Syria remains crucial for security in both the Middle East and in Europe.
Jordan is a key partner in humanitarian assistance to Syria and the region, as well as the fight against IS. In view of the current tensions, Foreign Minister Maas is discussing the next steps with Jordan’s Foreign Minister.
The tensions between the United States and Iran are endangering Iraq’s stability and unity and the fight against IS. Foreign Minister Maas and his European colleagues are committed to working for de‑escalation.
The ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is being held in Madrid on 15 and 16 December. The meeting, the only format that regularly brings all EU Foreign Ministers together with their Asian counterparts, this year aims to issue a signal for a strong, rules-based global order.