BAGHDAD- The United Kingdom congratulated Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Iraqi people on the official announcement of the liberation of Mosul.
"The liberation of Mosul is a historic moment for the people of Mosul and all Iraqis, with the end of three years of repressive and brutal rule in Iraq's second most important city," British Ambassador to Iraq Frank Becker said in a statement.
"We are proud of the courage and professionalism of the Iraqi security forces and all those who have participated in the battle," he said, noting that "all Iraqis, the government, the people of Mosul and the international community must ensure that their sacrifices are not in vain."
"Normal life began to return in eastern Mosul with the return of 90 percent of the displaced, and schools and cafes returned and people returned to celebrate Ramadan and Eid," Baker said.
"The return of normal life to Mosul will take time to remove the explosives and I am confident that the Iraqi government will be able to make Mosul safe and prosperous for all its citizens," he added.
Baker reiterated his country's commitment by the British Army training to combat landmines, which helped train 55,000 Iraqis in courses not only against improvised explosive devices, but also with infantry, engineering and combat medical skills.
He added that his country has provided Pound 13 million so far to mine clearance and lead global efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to innocent people who have fled from Daesh to provide 170 million pounds for humanitarian assistance from emergency health care, drinking water, sanitation and protection services for women and young women.
"The liberation of Mosul represents a major and important step forward for Iraq and the international community," he said, adding that "despite the great challenges that await us by providing urgent humanitarian services to support political reconciliation, Iraq and its armed forces have successfully met this challenge."
The commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Prime Minister Haider Abadi yesterday night announced the final victory over Daesh in Mosul.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency