BAGHDAD / Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Curtis stressed that his country and the European Union will continue to support Iraq in its fight against the terrorist organization that has committed acts of murder, rape and persecution of religious minorities in Iraq and the region,.
Curtis stressed in a statement after a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari the importance of achieving permanent stability, eliminating terrorist organizations, ending violence and discrimination in Iraq and making citizens believe in reforms, reconciliation and unity of the country.
"Our goal is to give the local population hopes and prospects in their country and thus reduce the flow of Iraqi refugees to the region and Europe," he said.
More than 2 million Iraqis have been displaced and 11 million more depend on humanitarian aid, since 2014, Austria has provided 13.5 million euros (14.9 million dollars) to fund humanitarian relief projects through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Iraq.
He said his country had provided four million euros ($ 4.5 million) this year to resettle and reintegrate returnees in the region, as well as to commit another four million for 2018 for similar purposes.
He pointed out that his talks with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari dealt with bilateral relations and the situation in Iraq after the liberation of Mosul from the Daesh organization and the regional developments as well as the migration issues and the possibility of returning Iraqi refugees hosted by Austria.
On March 22, Austria joined the international coalition against the Daesh organization.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency