For France and Germany, the liberation of Mosul offers hope for a united, democratic and secure Iraq. The defeat of IS in Mosul represents a unique opportunity to rebuild the country and to work towards achieving national reconciliation.
At this time of liberation, we pay tribute to the achievements of the authorities, the fighters and the people of Iraq. We also congratulate the United Nations on its success in dealing with an extremely difficult situation. Our thoughts are also with the victims who were subjected to the unspeakable horror of IS.
The challenges facing Iraq are huge and the international community needs to continue its work in support of the country. France and Germany will carry on their efforts to help the Iraqi Government to respond to these pressing challenges by initiating mine clearance measures and helping to restore basic services in order to foster the voluntary and durable return of displaced Iraqis under the best possible security conditions.
The victory over IS also requires the full mobilisation of the Iraqi authorities with the support of their allies on the path towards stabilisation, reconstruction, reconciliation and the implementation of inclusive governance in line with the federal constitution. Under these circumstances, the victory will be a lasting one.