Canada announces support for the people of Iraq and Syria in advance of Global Coalition Meeting

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March 17, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is actively engaged in the fight against Daesh and supports those most affected by the crisis. As part of our commitment to addressing the prolonged and tragic crises in the region, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will participate in the Global Coalition against Daesh Foreign Ministers Meeting in Washington, D.C., on March 22, 2017, hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

At this meeting, the Minister and Coalition partners will assess progress since the last meeting in July 2016 and the way forward in order to defeat Daesh.

In advance of the meeting, the Minister today announced that Canada will provide over $28 million to support people in the region. This support will help to address the immediate needs of the population and allow civilians to return to territory liberated from Daesh.


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“Canada is committed to defeating Daesh and supporting the children, women and men affected by this protracted conflict. I am pleased to announce today new initiatives that will enhance security and stability in the region, including additional support to help more Iraqis return safely to their homes in areas liberated from Daesh.

“It is by continuing to work together with Coalition partners that we will support the people of the Middle East and accelerate Daesh’s defeat.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick Facts

  • Discussions in Washington, D.C., will focus on the Coalition’s key lines of effort, such as military assistance, preventing the flow of foreign fighters, tackling counterterrorism financing, counter-messaging and supporting stabilization.

  • The Government of Canada is already contributing $1.6 billion over the course of three years towards security, stabilization, and humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impact on Jordan and Lebanon.

  • Canada is one of the few Coalition members contributing to all five of the Coalition’s lines of effort: one military and four civilian.

  • Canada has successfully completed all of its pledges from the July 20, 2016, Iraq Donor Pledging Conference. In Washington, D.C., Canada co-hosted the high-level donor pledging conference and announced a contribution of $158 million: $150 million to humanitarian assistance, $4 million to demining/improvised explosive devices clearance, and $4 million to the UN Development Programme’s stabilization efforts known as the Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization.

  • Canada is working with partners to support Iraq’s economic reform efforts and will provide up to $200 million in additional financing support through a guaranteed contribution to the World Bank to help increase its lending to Iraq.

  • Over the last year, the 68-member Global Coalition helped to liberate close to two million people from Daesh.

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