Iraq/Middle Eastern Christians
Paris, September 3, 2014
M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior, received representatives from the Catholic Church and Middle Eastern Christian communities as well as several key figures in order to discuss the serious threat that Islamic State poses to minorities in Iraq.
The two ministers recalled France’s efforts at the national level and in cooperation with its partners to protect minorities in Iraq, provide emergency relief to displaced persons and refugees and combat Islamic State.
France, which has already sent 59 tonnes of humanitarian cargo to Arbil, will make further deliveries next week. It mobilized the EU on 15 August by securing the establishment of a humanitarian airlift which already amounts to €57 million in aid. The needs remain considerable.
France will seek to strengthen the UN assistance being provided to the stricken population. M. Laurent Fabius also tasked Mme Annick Girardin with further mobilizing our local authorities within the framework of FACECO (Local Government External Action Fund).
France has also made a commitment to receive – where justified on the grounds of urgency – refugees who have links with our country. Several dozen of them have recently been received. Others will arrive in France next week so that we may fulfil our commitment.