Remarks With Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
July 21, 2016

SECRETARY KERRY: My great pleasure to welcome for the second time – he was here yesterday – the Foreign Minister of Iraq Ibrahim al-Jaafari. And I think it is evident from all of the work we did yesterday at the pledging conference that produced $2.1 billion how critical the relationship with Iraq is.

Iraq is working hard, fighting hard, to take back its country against Daesh. We are making extraordinary progress. And we are just about to now go upstairs – downstairs to join in the meeting with all of the foreign ministers and defense ministers who are assembled to talk about how we will complete the task of Iraqis liberating Iraq and of defeating Daesh.

So we have important work to do, and I’m delighted to welcome Ibrahim here.

FOREIGN MINISTER JAAFARI: (Via interpreter) The victories that Iraq has been achieving so far is the result of the efforts that the international coalition has been in support of Iraq. Secretary Kerry has been doing an exceptionable job since UNGA meetings in September of 2014. We kept meeting and coordinating of – our efforts, and he has been one of the most important and supporting figures to make the international coalition a successful one.

Yesterday, we achieved another progress with collecting $2.1 billion. This is a lot. Of course, more is needed, but what has been achieved so far is not little. Secretary Kerry also played a major role in collecting these funds and pushing these – the – our partners towards making these financial decisions.

Iraq has done a lot so far with the support of its partners and its friends, including the United States and other supporting countries in the coalition. There is a lot more coming need to be done to defeat terrorism and Daesh, not only in Iraq but wherever it exists in the world.

SECRETARY KERRY: Shukran. Let’s go to work, my friend. Thank you.