BRUSSELS, Oct 18 (KUNA) — EU High Representative Federica Mogherini met Tuesday Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari and discussed bilateral relations and development in the region.
Speaking in a press conference after the second ministerial meeting of the EU-Iraq Cooperation Council this evening, Mogherini said “obviously in our talks today we discussed first of all the fight against Daesh and the launch of the Mosul operation.” She was referring to so-called Islamic State (IS) with its Arabic acronym.
“This operation is crucial in the campaign to defeat Daesh,” she stressed and added that the EU will play a leading role in the stabilization of liberated areas as soon as the military campaign is over in Mosul.
“We know that stabilization after the military campaign is as important as the military campaign itself,” she added.
On his part, Al-Jaafari described his meetings with Mogherini and other EU officials as fruitful and urged for more financial support for Iraq.
“We look forward to receive more support from democratic countries at the forefront of which is EU. All countries want peace and security and Iraq wants the same. We have received a lot of support and if we look at the needs of this military operation and at the consequences of this such operation, it is a costly operation,” he noted.
A joint statement released after the meeting noted that the discussions also addressed Iraq’s regional relations with its neighbours.
“The EU reiterated that it fully supports Iraq’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its right to preserve these. It also stressed the importance of fostering dialogue between Iraq and the countries in the region,” it said.
Earlier today, Al Jaffari also met NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and discussed regional developments. (end)
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