Washington announces the results of the new round of strategic dialogue with Iraq

Washington announces the results of the new round of strategic dialogue with Iraq

Saturday 24 July 2021 | 12:44 PM

Washington announces the results of the new round of strategic dialogue with IraqOn Saturday, the US State Department said that the meeting of the Higher Coordination Committee between the Republic of Iraq and the United States in Washington confirmed the expansion of US support for Iraq .

In a statement, the ministry touched on a number of themes in my agencies :

Public health and epidemic :

• The United States will donate to Iraq 500,000 doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine through the Kovacs Initiative .

• The US Department of State provides Iraq with 800,000 US dollars to enhance safety measures in order to prevent the misuse of biological samples and medical equipment .

• The United States continues to support efforts to prevent COVID-19 through community awareness, vaccine acceptance, sustainability of primary health care services, and provision of mental health and psychosocial support .

• The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention trains public health workers to mitigate health risks associated with large gatherings, improve infection prevention and control, and strengthen management and coordination in responding to public health emergencies .

Humanitarian Affairs :

• The United States announced $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance to provide shelter, health care, food, water, and hygiene services throughout Iraq. This funding also helps displaced Iraqis obtain civil documentation and legal services, improves the capacity of health care facilities, and increases access to education and employment opportunities .

Clean energy and climate change :

The United States intends to provide technical assistance in the field of renewable energy and climate adaptation .

The United States commended Iraq for its current work in providing a revised “Nationally Determined Contribution” under the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change .

The United States intends to cooperate with Iraq to enhance climate management capacity to mitigate its effects, reduce gas flaring, develop renewable and clean energy initiatives, promote water conservation, and support the protection of Iraq’s native flora and fauna .

The United States encouraged Iraq to participate in the “Agri-Climate Innovation Mission” initiative .

· Scientists and academics Americans and Iraqis intend to exchange views on climate adaptation and mitigation .

Economic Cooperation :

· The United States and Iraq discussed ways of enhancing bio – energy projects with US companies and facilitate trade in the US agricultural products .

· The United States is ready to help Iraq on the implementation of the “white paper” for economic reform, through assistance from the US Agency for International Development and a possible new program from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs focuses on financial transparency .

The American International Development Finance Corporation continues to participate with Iraq on the Memorandum of Understanding and intends to invest up to one billion dollars to enhance private sector activity that creates jobs and provides opportunities for Iraqis .

The American International Development Finance Corporation intends to hold a virtual meeting with American and Iraqi companies this year to help facilitate investment projects .

Human Rights and Elections :

• The two delegations discussed how the United States can support the Iraqi government in the best way to protect protesters, activists, women in public life, and journalists, and pursue judicial accountability for violent crimes against these groups .

• The United States recently provided $9.7 million to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) for election-related technical assistance. The United States has reviewed plans to provide up to an additional $5.2 million for the UNAMI Election Observation Team pending engagement with Congress .

• The two countries agreed that the presence of a UNAMI monitoring team and an EU observer team represents a sincere effort by the international community to support the Iraqi people’s demands for free and fair elections in October .

• The United States reaffirmed its continued determination to support Iraq in helping the communities targeted by ISIS recover, and to work towards the rehabilitation and peaceful social reintegration of Iraqis with perceived or actual family ties to ISIS—particularly women and children .

• The United States commended the Government of Iraq for passing the Yazidi Survivors Law, and the two delegations agreed on the need to implement it and support the new Directorate of Survivors’ Affairs in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, to facilitate the provision of services and compensation to Yazidi survivors of ISIS. The Government of Iraq has committed to passing a Supreme Court law to advance justice for ISIS survivors .

Higher education, science and culture :

· The United States provided $ 17.5 million in aid since 2017 to support higher education institutions , non – governmental and non-profit organizations in Iraq .

· The United States and Iraq and the Smithsonian Institution decided to expand the project to save Nimrud and extended .

· The United States provides assistance to antiquities preservation projects in Babylon, Mosul, Erbil, and other sites at risk .

· Will launch the United States a new virtual museum initiative in cooperation with the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage as ” the treasures of Mesopotamia”, which will conduct the Iraqi cultural heritage rich to millions over the Internet .

The United States will allocate $1.2 million to the Liberated Universities Initiative, which restores Iraqi universities in Nineveh after they were destroyed by ISIS .

The United States and Iraq reaffirmed their commitment to producing strong “work-ready” Iraqi college graduates and professionals through enhanced teaching methods, expanded educational opportunities, and scholarships through the Higher Education Partnership, the Fulbright Program, the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, and the English Language Small Grants Program.

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