Canada supports reconstruction efforts in Iraq and the region

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February 13, 2018 - Ottawa, Canada - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is a strong member of the Global Coalition against Daesh and remains committed to supporting the people of Iraq.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced support totalling nearly $12 million to help rebuild areas liberated from Daesh and to enhance the stability of Iraq.

This funding will support the rehabilitation of critical infrastructure in Iraq such as roads, hospitals and government buildings. In addition, it will help law enforcement authorities keep their communities safe. Finally, these initiatives will enhance women’s participation in rebuilding and reconciliation efforts and leadership roles.

Canada’s ongoing commitment to Iraq already includes working with the United Nations Development Programme’s Funding Facility for Stabilization and Mines Advisory Group. This multimillion dollar funding helps internally displaced people in Iraq return home safely and also supports the clearance of explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices in areas newly liberated from Daesh.

Quotes

“Canada’s commitment to the Global Coalition against Daesh remains steadfast and is an integral part of our work with our allies to advance security and stability in the Middle East.

“Today’s announcement will contribute to the reconstruction of critical services in areas that have been liberated from Daesh and will concretely encourage women’s empowerment in Iraq by promoting their participation in reconciliation efforts and advancing the economic involvement of women in their communities.’’

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

Quick Facts

  • Today’s announcement is part of Canada’s Middle East strategy. The Government of Canada is contributing $2 billion over the course of three years toward security, stabilization, and humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impacts on Jordan and Lebanon.

  • Canada is one of 74 members of the Global Coalition against Daesh and contributes to all five of the Coalition’s lines of effort: supporting the Coalition’s military operations in Iraq, tackling Daesh’s financing and economic infrastructure, preventing the flow of foreign terrorist fighters across borders, supporting stabilization and the restoration of essential public services to areas liberated from Daesh, and countering the group’s propaganda.

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