Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Peek Visit Iraq

Between April 16-18,‎ Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Andrew Peek visited Iraq to meet with senior Iraqi government and security officials and to see the progress made in stabilizing Iraq after the liberation of its territory from ISIS.  Accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Douglas Silliman, McGurk and Peek met in Baghdad with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Speaker of Parliament Saleem al-Jabouri, and other senior political, religious, and security figures.  In Erbil, the delegation met with Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani.  Meetings focused on ensuring the enduring defeat of ISIS, including through enhanced security measures on Iraq’s border with Syria and plans to defeat the remaining ISIS havens on the Syrian side.

During their visit, the delegation had the opportunity to see first-hand the progress made in stabilizing the city of Mosul, as well as the magnitude of the remaining challenges in returning normality to Iraq’s second-largest city.  McGurk and Peek visited a re-opened market in East Mosul, toured areas devastated by ISIS in West Mosul, and visited Mosul University, where U.S.-funded work to clear explosive hazards continues.  The United States and 25 other donors in the Global Coalition have pledged or contributed more than $834 million to the UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization in order to support critical stabilization activities in areas liberated from ISIS control.  McGurk emphasized the importance of partners fulfilling their pledges to ensure the UNDP’s stabilization projects are fully funded this calendar year.  McGurk and Peek also welcomed the nearly $30 billion for Iraq’s longer-term reconstruction pledged by 24 partners last month in Kuwait under sponsorship of the EU and World Bank.

The United States is committed to continued security, political, and economic cooperation with Iraq within the framework of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement.  The United States supports a unified, democratic, federal, and prosperous Iraq with a stable and viable Iraqi Kurdistan Region.