Canada pledges $158 million in humanitarian aid to Iraq

The Canadian contribution comes a day before a Washington donors conference for Iraq. (File Photo: Reuters)

The Canadian government promised Tuesday to send 158 million dollars (RM487 million) in humanitarian assistance to Iraq, along with up to 200 million dollars in loan guarantees.

Nearly all of the humanitarian funds will go toward supporting “the international humanitarian response to help meet the basic needs of conflict-affected Iraqis,” said Canadian Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau.

The 200-million-dollar credit guarantee matches the Canadian commitment at the recent G7 summit in Japan to “support Iraq’s economic reform efforts through the World Bank,” said Bibeau.

A small fraction of the 158 million dollars will go to the United Nations Development Program focused on helping Iraqis liberated from ISIS to return home, with another share earmarked for clearing improvised explosive devices in freed areas including Ramadi.

The Canadian contribution comes a day before a Washington donors conference for Iraq.

“Canada’s assistance will help meet the urgent health, shelter, protection, education and food needs of hundreds of thousands of affected civilians,” said Bibeau.

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