On Thursday, October 20 France will host, a conference on the political future of Mosul. The battle for the resumption of the country’s second city, which is the last major stronghold of the Islamic State group in the country, began yesterday morning.
According to the international coalition fighting could last for weeks or longer. A million and a half inhabitants still live in Mosul and the UN fears both a humanitarian disaster and a massive displacement of the population. Twenty countries, including the United States, Turkey, the Gulf States and the Europeans have been invited to this meeting. Iran very influential country in the region will not be present.
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This is the head of French diplomacy, Jean-Marc Ayrault, who announced Tuesday the holding of the meeting in Paris, Thursday, October 20, and its objectives. ” We must not only win the battle to retake Mosul, but we must win the peace. And so after the hoped and expected defeat Daech on Mosul, create the conditions for lasting peace, civil peace and then it does not result in clashes between minorities, between militias. So this is the preparation of the policy result, policy management, which requires a dialogue with many partners, especially those of the coalition, and of course, a dialogue with the Iraqi government. ”
The head of French diplomacy will co-chair with his Iraqi counterpart the meeting. ” This conference is co-chaired by the Iraqi Foreign Minister and myself and will be opened by the President of the Republic. We proceed in stages. We want dialogue and we must first create the conditions for this dialogue and so obviously, we exclude no one. But this is the first initiative that is taken of this type and is essential “, stated the Foreign Minister.
France, which has about 500 troops in Iraq, supporting Iraqi forces and Kurdish engaged in Mosul with air strikes, artillery and training, as part of the international coalition working alongside Iraqi forces. The battle could last for weeks or months, said the defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, visited Tuesday morning at Euronaval 2016.