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Carl Bildt and Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, visited the Baharka Refugee Camp outside Erbil on Tuesday. Photo: Emilie af Jochnick/Government Offices Carl Bildt and Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, visited the Baharka Refugee Camp outside Erbil on Tuesday. Photo: Emilie af Jochnick/Government Offices

Bildt visits Iraq

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.

Minister for International Development Cooperation, Hillevi Engström, giving interviews after today's pressconference. Photo: Catarina Axelsson/Government Offices

Emergency assistance measures on the ground in Iraq

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

Increased humanitarian assistance to Iraq

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.

"UN must prevent impending genocide"

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.

Free trade agreement between EU and Canada finalised

The European Union and Canada have now finalised a free trade agreement. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada is the most ambitious and far-reaching agreement the EU has negotiated so far. It means that tariffs on industrial goods between the EU and Canada will be removed and over 90 per cent of tariffs on agricultural goods will be abolished.

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