France playing full part in operations to liberate Mosul

Iraq – Announcement of the ministerial meeting on the stabilization of Mosul – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

Paris, 18 October 2016

The Iraqi forces have just initiated the military operations to liberate Mosul, with the coalition’s support. France is playing its full part in these operations. Given what is at stake, I will co-chair, together with my Iraqi counterpart, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, a ministerial meeting on the stabilization of Mosul on Thursday.

More than 20 countries and organizations have been invited to attend in order to lend the necessary support to the Iraqi government. They all share the same determination to ensure that the operations to liberate Mosul guarantee, in the most effective way possible, that the threat posed by Daesh [so-called ISIL] is eliminated and that they will restore freedom, peace and security to the inhabitants.

This meeting should provide an opportunity to jointly address three priorities:

(i) the protection of the civilian populations currently trapped by Daesh in Mosul and in the neighbouring villages, and exposed to combat zones;

(ii) the provision of aid and humanitarian assistance needed by the inhabitants of the Nineveh Plain against the backdrop of the fighting in Mosul;

(iii) the development of a plan by the Iraqi authorities to stabilize the city of Mosul and the surrounding region, and more generally the areas liberated from Daesh. Good governance of the city and its surrounding region will make it possible to respond to the aspirations of the local population in all its diversity, while respecting the unity and sovereignty of Iraq./.

European Union – Foreign Affairs Council – Statement by M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, on his arrival at the EU Council (excerpt)

Luxembourg, 17 October 2016

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THE MINISTER – France’s objective is to continue our fight against terrorism, against Daesh [so-called ISIL] – we’re part of the coalition, as you know – but also against the other groups that are involved in terrorism too: al-Qaeda and al-Nusra, which are part of that family.

For us, the situation is clear as far as Iraq is concerned: the battle to recapture Mosul from Daesh has begun. It’s a difficult battle, with the Iraqi government and the Iraqi army in the front line but with the support of the international coalition, to which France belongs. Obviously we must do everything to prepare humanitarian aid, because it will be necessary, with refugees who will be fleeing Mosul to protect themselves. The United Nations has constantly repeated that humanitarian aid must be organized. At any rate, France, with the EU, would like us all to shoulder our responsibilities. Finally, there’s the political dimension: what happens after Mosul is captured and Daesh defeated? The terms of inclusive political governance must be discussed with Iraq, and after the battle of Mosul we must be able to build the peace after having won the war. (...)./.

Published on 03/11/2016

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