The United States announced a donation to Iraq of (500,000) doses of the Pfizer vaccine, while indicating its intention to provide technical assistance in the field of renewable energy and climate adaptation.
A statement by the US State Department, which was followed by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), stated that "and within the strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq, the meeting of the Higher Coordination Committee between Iraq and the United States today in Washington confirmed the broadening of American support for Iraq," noting that "Washington will donate to Iraq with (500) thousand doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine through the Kovacs initiative, and the US State Department will provide Iraq with $800,000 to enhance safety measures for the purpose of preventing the misuse of biological samples and medical equipment.”
The statement added, "The United States will continue to support efforts to prevent Covid-19 through community awareness, spreading vaccine acceptance, sustaining primary health care services, providing mental health and psychosocial support, and the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is training public health workers to mitigate Health risks associated with large gatherings, improving infection prevention and control, and strengthening management and coordination in response to public health emergencies.
He added that "the United States will provide $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance to provide shelter, health care, food, water, and hygiene services throughout Iraq," noting that "this funding will help displaced Iraqis obtain civil documentation and legal services, improve the capacity of health care facilities, and increase access to Education and employment opportunities.
The statement pointed out that "the United States intends on Iraq's current work to provide a revised nationally determined contribution under the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the United States also intends to cooperate with Iraq to enhance the capacity of managing climate adaptation, mitigating its effects, and reducing gas flaring. developing renewable and clean energy initiatives, promoting water conservation, and supporting the protection of Iraq’s native flora and fauna.
The statement indicated that "the United States encouraged Iraq to participate in an important initiative in agricultural innovation for climate, and American and Iraqi scientists and academics intend to exchange views on climate adaptation and mitigation."
In the field of economic cooperation, the statement explained that “the United States and Iraq discussed ways to advance vital energy projects with American companies and facilitate trade in American agricultural products, and that the United States is ready to help Iraq implement the White Paper on economic reform, through assistance from the United States Agency for International Development and a new program potential State Department focus on financial transparency."
He noted that "the American International Development Finance Corporation continues to participate with Iraq on the memorandum of understanding and intends to invest up to one billion dollars to enhance private sector activity that creates jobs and provides opportunities for Iraqis, and the American International Development Finance Corporation intends to hold a virtual meeting with American and Iraqi companies this year." To help facilitate investment projects.
And he indicated that "the two delegations discussed how the United States can support the Iraqi government in the best way to protect protesters, activists, women in public life, and journalists, and pursue judicial accountability for violent crimes against these groups," noting that "the United States recently provided $9.7 million to the United Nations Assistance Mission in the United Nations. Iraq (UNAMI) for election-related technical assistance, and the United States has reviewed plans to provide up to an additional $5.2 million for the UNAMI Election Observation Team awaiting engagement with Congress.
He stressed that "the two countries agreed that the presence of a monitoring team from the UNAMI mission and another from the European Union mission represents a sincere effort by the international community to support the Iraqi people's demands for free and fair elections in October," explaining that "the United States reaffirmed its continued determination to support Iraq." in helping the communities targeted by ISIS recover, and working towards the rehabilitation and peaceful reintegration into society of Iraqis who have perceived or actual family ties to ISIS—particularly women and children.”
The United States commended the Government of Iraq for passing the Yazidi Survivors Law, and the two delegations agreed on the need to implement it and support the new Directorate of Survivors’ Affairs in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, to facilitate the provision of services and compensation to Yazidi survivors of ISIS. The Government of Iraq committed to issuing a Supreme Court law to enhance justice for ISIS survivors ".
In the field of higher education, science and culture, the statement indicated that “the United States has provided $17.5 million since 2017 in assistance to support non-governmental and non-profit higher education institutions in Iraq, while the United States, Iraq and the Smithsonian Institution decided to expand and extend the Nimrud site rescue and extension project, as well as to provide The United States will assist in conservation projects in Babylon, Mosul, Erbil, and other endangered sites. The United States will launch a new virtual museum initiative in cooperation with the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage called “Treasures of Mesopotamia,” which will bring Iraq’s rich cultural heritage to millions via the Internet.
He stated that "the United States will allocate $1.2 million to the Liberated Universities Initiative that restores Iraqi universities in Nineveh after they were destroyed by ISIS," noting that "the United States and Iraq reaffirmed their commitment to producing strong Iraqi university graduates and professionals who are ready to work through enhanced teaching methods. and expanded educational opportunities and scholarships through the Higher Education Partnership, the Fulbright Program, the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, and the English Language Small Grants Program.”
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