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France To Support Iraq Through Its Reconstructive Days Post Wining The War Against IS Occupied Mosul


08/31/2017


France assures Iraq to remain with the latter in peace as they did in the times of war.



The Foreign Minister of France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, informed the Iraqi officials that France will stand by in Iraq’s reconciliation efforts to reconstruct the country as it “emerges from a war against Islamic State”.
 
The U.S. heads the coalition that supports Baghdad’s fight with militants occupying “parts of Iraq and Syria”, wherein France is “a main partner”. Thanks to the coalition, the Iraqi forces were given key supports in the ground as well as in the air throughout “the nine-month campaign”.
 
The city of Mosul, the capital of Islamic State in Iraq, fell in the month of July, whereby ending the “‘caliphate’ declared by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi over parts of Iraq and Syria”. In fact, during the last weekend, the forces of Iraq came close to “taking back full control of IS’s northwestern stronghold of Tal Afar”. In a conference held in Baghdad, wherein the Foreign Minister of Iraq, Ibrahim al-Jaafari and the Defence Minister of France, Florence Parly, were present, Le Drain said:
“We are present in the war and we will be present in the peace”.
“Even if our joint combat against Daesh is not finished, it is entering a phase of stabilisation, of reconciliation, of reconstruction, a phase of peace”.
 
Moreover, the Prime Minister of Iraqi, Hayder al-Abadi, “urged” France to get involved “at the economic, commercial and investment levels” in Iraq investment. According to Reuters report:
“France will grant a 430 million euro ($513 million) loan to Iraq before the end of the year, a French diplomatic source said”.
 
Furthermore, Le Drain assured that France will keep up its support of Kurdish Peshmerga; as a result representatives of both the countries discussed the plan of “Kurdistan Regional Government” to “hold an independence referendum” sometimes in the “next month”. However, worries have taken hold of western countries including France the said referendum scheduled to take place on September 25 “could ignite fresh conflict with Baghdad and neighbouring states with sizeable Kurdish communities, mainly Iran and Turkey”.
 
Moreover, the delegates of France “expressed its commitment to a unified Iraq”. While, even before the meeting a familiar diplomat had conveyed Le Drian and Parly’s stance in “favour of an autonomous Kurdistan”. While, the statement of Kurdish Presidency, reported Reuters, said:
“During the meeting with Barzani, Le Drian called for continued dialogue between Erbil and Baghdad to reach a mutually satisfactory solution over the referendum”.
 
 
 
References:
reuters.com







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