Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, left to right, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion attend a news conference in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, left to right, International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion attend a news conference in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.
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Canada to co-host Iraq pledging conference

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Canada will join with the United States, Germany and Japan to co-host the Pledging Conference in Support of Iraq, in Washington, D.C., next month, Canadian officials said today.

The pledging conference, which will kick off on July 20, comes at the request of the United States.

The State Department said Wednesday the desperate humanitarian situation in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah — where government forces have taken back large parts of the city from Islamic State militants — is the most recent reminder of the toll that the war is taking on vulnerable civilians.

Washington said it planned to make a “substantial pledge” at the conference and urged other nations to join in.

Joining forces

“The international community must join forces to eradicate ISIL and also to help meet the immediate needs of millions of Iraqis displaced by conflict,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion said in a statement. “We must not lose sight of the need to address the underlying causes of the crisis in Iraq so that the country’s stability is restored.”

Canada will contribute more than $1.6 billion over the next three years towards its new approach to security, stabilization, humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria, and their impact on Jordan and Lebanon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in February as he unveiled his government’s strategy of dealing with the so-called Islamic State.

Since January 2014, Canada has already committed more than $140 million in humanitarian assistance, $26 million in stabilization and security assistance, and $23 million in long-term development assistance to Iraq.

It’s unclear whether at the pledging conference Trudeau will announce additional funds or simply accelerate the schedule of its already pledged contributions.

Desperate shortage
 Displaced Iraqi children, who fled from Falluja because of Islamic State violence, are seen at a camp on the outskirts of Falluja, Iraq, June 22, 2016
Displaced Iraqi children, who fled from Falluja because of Islamic State violence, are seen at a camp on the outskirts of Falluja, Iraq, June 22, 2016 © Osamah Waheeb / Reuters

The State Department said the United Nations already had been forced to close down dozens of lifesaving programs under its Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan because of a lack of funds.

That plan has gotten just 33 percent of the $861 US million the U.N. says is needed. That price tag could climb as high as $2 US billion over the coming months.

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2 comments on “Canada to co-host Iraq pledging conference
  1. Hi My name it Terry Harms, I worked in Iraq for two years in the oilfield, I really have a issure with this happening, First you need to know BP has the right to development the oil, Now the next thing is Shell has the rights to the gas development, Where I was working to Daqing not far from Basrah, now here is my issue you are going to gie million of tax payers money to help.
    They have two hours of power in the morning and 2 hours in the evening, Why is that?? they burn more cubic feet of gas every day and turn up at night then can be counted,
    What are you thinking with no knowledge of the place???? BP will not shut in the degassing station so as shell in get tied in,,You really think you should waist Canadian money with out know what is really going on??? I quite if you do,

    • BP is ( British Petroleum) burning natural gas more the I have ever seen, I am 39 years oilfield, how is this going to help or fix?????
      why is shell getting gas from Iran??
      why are we sending money to a country that is more then capable of looking after its self, Justin Trudeau, it rained while I worked there, you can grow food on issure, ground water is there, 200 feet, wells were used supply the rigs,
      please dont make mistakes, you have all at your disposal and lots of people that have been there to see the real country, not the resorts,
      The base camp, I worked out of pumped water 3 inch 24 seven, there is no water shortage, But BP not shutting in the degassing stations is crap Shell has lay in the pipe lines, you is bad here???
      And omg does stuff grow out there when it gets water,
      unreal to what I know here in Canada,
      shell
      So just why are we give this money to Iraq????
      I need to know,