Steinmeier announces contribution of 160 million euros for stabilisation measures at Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq Iraq

20.07.2016 - Article

Foreign Minister Steinmeier travelled to Washington, D.C. on 20 July. Having pledged 160 million euros, Germany is making another major contribution to the stabilisation of Iraq.

Foreign Minister Steinmeier is attending the Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq in Washington, D.C. today. As a co-host of the conference, Steinmeier announced that Germany would be contributing 160 million euros to help bring stability to the country. Germany is already providing more funds for humanitarian aid measures and stabilisation than any other country.

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on arrival in Washington, D.C.
Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on arrival in Washington, D.C.© photothek.net

Further funds needed to ensure long-term stability in Iraq

The terrorist organisation IS has been driven back from a large part of its sphere of influence in recent times, with Fallujah becoming the latest city to be liberated. However, it is also clear that these successes will only be lasting if people are able to return to their towns and villages as quickly as possible. This poses enormous humanitarian, social and political challenges. With a view to the hoped-for liberation in the near future of the city of Mosul from IS tyranny, Steinmeier said that “the momentum of our efforts to stabilise Iraq must be maintained now”. The Foreign Minister will, to this end, call on his partners at the Pledging Conference to contribute the funds that are needed in order to master these challenges. “The faster and more successfully we make progress in the fight against IS, the more important international support for the people in the country will become”, said Steinmeier prior to the conference

A Bundeswehr soldier training a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter
A Bundeswehr soldier training a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter© Bundeswehr/Wilke

Total German contributions for Iraq nearly one billion euros in 2016

The predominant focus of Germany’s support for Iraq is currently on humanitarian assistance, supporting the Iraqi Government in the fight against IS, stabilising regions liberated from IS and helping host communities in northern Iraq to cope with the refugee crisis. The Federal Government has also been providing military equipment for the Iraqi security forces since 2014, with a focus on the Peshmerga in the Region of Kurdistan-Iraq. With an additional 160 million euros for civilian stabilisation measures in Iraq pledged for this year and the coming year, Germany’s support is increasing still further. Germany set aside just under 500 million euros for stabilisation, humanitarian assistance and development in 2016, in addition to an untied loan for stabilisation measures to the tune of a further 500 million euros. Germany’s support for Iraq this year therefore amounts to almost one billion euros.

Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Friday

The situation in Iraq will also be at the top of the agenda in Washington, D.C. on Friday. Foreign Minister Steinmeier will be meeting his counterparts from the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to discuss the steps ahead in the fight against the terrorist organisation. The Stabilisation Working Group will be co-chaired by Germany and the United Arab Emirates. Efforts to fight the terrorist organisation IS and to bring stability to Iraq go hand in hand.

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