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Italy calls for the formation of a national unity government in Iraq

The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini yesterday called for the "formation of a national unity government in Iraq and the participation of all Iraqi parties in a positive and constructive way to reach a political solution."

In a statement published on the Foreign Ministry's website, Mogherini said she "held a long telephone conversation with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari who gave her a briefing on the latest situation in Iraq."

The statement quoted that the Iraqi minister reaffirmed "the enormity of the humanitarian crisis as a result of the fighting that has taken place in different parts of the country." The Iraqi minister also gave thanks to Italy for its aid to Iraq.

For her part, Mogherini expressed her hopes that work would be undertaken to form a government of national unity, and "agreed with Minister Zebari on the need to engage all parties in Iraq, as well as all countries of the region, in a positive and constructive way to find a political solution."

The Italian Foreign Ministry had announced on Friday that they would deliver €1.75 million euros to finance emergency projects to deal with the "grave humanitarian situation in Iraq".

 

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