Baird Welcomes Nomination of Prime Minister in Iraq

August 11, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the news today that Iraqi president Fuad Masoum has accepted the nomination of Haider al-Abadi, who comes from the largest bloc in Parliament, as prime minister-designate. Iraqis have taken another important step toward the formation of an inclusive government.

“Iraq’s constitution now requires the nominee to present a new government and national program to Iraq’s parliament for approval within 30 days. Canada calls upon all of Iraq’s political leaders to work together across sectarian and ethnic divides to ensure this is a swift, transparent and peaceful process. Only a unified, pluralistic and representative government can overcome the current crisis.

“Canada stands ready to support the people and Government of Iraq as they confront the ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] insurgency. Yesterday Canada announced an additional $5-million humanitarian assistance contribution to help Iraqis affected by violence.”

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