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Iraq: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL7267, tabled on 22 March 2016

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of progress towards political reconciliation and community cohesion in Iraq.

Answered on

5 April 2016

We welcome the commitments that Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has made to reaching out to all of Iraq’s communities and delivering the reforms needed to progress reconciliation in Iraq.

Although Prime Minister Abadi has taken a number of important steps in this regard, including appointing the most inclusive government that Iraq has seen for a decade and advancing decentralisation, the reconciliation process remains in the early stages, with progress slow.

Key elements of the reconciliation agenda – including legislation aimed at addressing the grievances of Iraq’s communities - remain at various stages of deliberation in Parliament.

During his recent visit to Iraq the Foreign Secretary, my Rt Hon. Friend the Member for Runnymede and Weybridge (Mr Hammond), discussed the importance of genuine reform and meaningful reconciliation with Prime Minister Abadi and emphasised the importance of progress. We continue to support Prime Minister Abadi in his efforts to build a better future for all of Iraqis.