UK to Engage in Syrian Refugee Crisis

Today Minister Falah Mustafa received a delegation from Department for International Development (DFID) to establish a mechanism for their support towards the Syrian refugees in Kurdistan Region.

DFID currently has working teams in Jordan, Lebanon and in London to provide humanitarian assistance. They also provided assistance to the Kurdish people in 1991 following the creation of the safe haven by the international community.

Their visit to the Region will involve meetings and discussions with key officials, UN and several of its agencies, as well as with local NGOs and partners.

Minister Falah Mustafa applauded the initiative and said that the move would encourage other British organisations to get engaged. He said, “We appreciate your visit to see the situation on the ground and to look at ways you can assist.”

“This is a welcoming step by the British government to help the refugees and we are ready to do what we can to contribute,” he added. Minister Mustafa emphasised that the aid the refugees in the Region have received compared to other countries is very limited.

He also said that the KRG has committed an additional $25 million to the large number of refugees – approaching 200,000 in the Region.

Speaking about the continued assistance the KRG is providing, Mr Tony Conley said that DFID will move quickly on the ground to deliver responses.

He said, “The organisations and teams that we have met have all been complementary about the positive KRG response to this crisis.” He added that his team is looking at measures to support local efforts and to support the KRG and is already funding a number of organisations in Kurdistan.

The delegation from DFID included Mr Richard Gerraro, Humanitarian Advisor and Mr Neil Elliot, Security Manager. The meeting was also attended by the British Consul General in Erbil, Mr Hugh Evans, and officials from the DFR.

(Source: KRG)

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