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On Monday, Carl Bildt began a visit to Iraq together with Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. They arrived in Baghdad in the afternoon for meetings with Iraq's acting foreign minister Hussain al-Shahristani and President Faud Masum. Mr Bildt will visit Erbil tomorrow.
Since the beginning of the crisis, Sweden has provided extensive humanitarian assistance on the ground in Iraq. As the situation has deteriorated further in recent days, a decision on additional assistance has been taken.
- An additional SEK 50 million in humanitarian assistance to the people who are now fleeing ISIL
- Personnel and equipment from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
- Increased diplomatic presence
The situation in Iraq is exceptionally serious. The situation is urgent and the humanitarian needs are great. The UN estimates that at least 1.5 million people in Iraq now need humanitarian assistance and that at least 1.2 million people - probably more - are displaced.
In response to the serious situation, Sweden has substantially increased its humanitarian assistance to Iraq.
Deadlocks in the United Nations Security Council are substantially obstructing a response to the situation in Iraq. We now call on the Council to unite around an effective strategy to re-establish lawful, democratic and representative control over the areas that ISIL has seized in Iraq, write Fredrik Reinfeldt and Carl Bildt.
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