Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo made a field visit to Mosul together with the European Commissioner for Human Aid Stylianides. From 2014 to 2017 the Iraqi city was in the hands of ISIS. Because of violent clashes, almost one million people were forced to flee Mosul. 400.000 of them have still not returned. Minister De Croo has announced that our country will make 7.6 million euros available for humanitarian aid in Iraq.
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Today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo talked with Iraqi President Salih, with Prime Minister Mahdi and with the Iraqi Minister of Planning in Baghdad. Minister De Croo is on a working visit in Iraq together with European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Christos Stylianides. They discussed the battle against ISIS, the humanitarian situation and the reconstruction of the country.
In the margins of the opening of the 72nd session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders participated Thursday and Friday in several meetings on the situation in Syria and Iraq and on the fight against impunity in the region.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo allocates an additional four million euros in emergency humanitarian aid for the people of Mosul. Since October a fierce battle is raging in and around Mosul to recapture the city controlled by Islamic State (IS). One and a half million people are endangered. The additional contribution will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), active on the field.