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Further humanitarian assistance to Iraq and Syria

22 October 2014


The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Ms Julie Bishop, has announced that Australia will provide an additional AUD15 million for life-saving assistance to people in Iraq and Syria affected by the ongoing violence perpetrated by terrorists.


An estimated 16 million people inside Iraq and Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance – half of whom have been forced to flee their homes in the face of the onslaught of ISIL or Da’esh.


With winter approaching, displaced people in both countries are at risk of exposure to harsh weather, particularly those residing in unfinished buildings, crowded camps or in the open.


Australian funding will provide shelter, food and medical assistance.


In Iraq Australia will provide AUD10 million to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, World Food Programme and Plan International Australia.


This funding will include support for women and for the protection of children targeted by terrorist organisations. This builds on Australia’s support for women and girls in Iraq through the United Nations Population Fund.


In Syria, Australia will provide AUD5 million to the World Food Programme for the delivery of food and to an international non-government organisation for urgent medical assistance.


This funding announcement brings Australia’s total assistance for Iraq to AUD17 million since June and for Syria to AUD135.8 million since the conflict began in 2011.


Visit to Iraq of Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Ms Julie Bishop

20 October 2014


On 18-19 October the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Ms Julie Bishop, visited Iraq to demonstrate Australia’s strong support for the Iraqi people in combating ISIL. This terrorist organisation is a major threat to the security of Iraq, the Middle East region and the international community.


In the Minister’s meetings with the Prime Minister Al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Al-Ja’afari, President Masoum, and Council of Representatives Speaker Al-Jabouri, she reiterated Australia’s commitment to provide military assistance to the Iraqi Government.


The Minister also finalised legal arrangements for the deployment of Australian Special Forces to advise and assist the Iraqi Security Forces.


The Minister received briefings from Iraqi leaders and international coalition partners on the campaign against ISIL and the current political situation. The Minister emphasised the importance of the Iraqi Government’s efforts to deliver policies that share power and resources amongst Iraq’s various communities. The Minister also met groups of minority leaders to hear their concerns and to underline Australia’s close interest in the protection of minorities in Iraq.


Operation Sovereign Borders successful

The Australian Government continues to implement Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB) - a tough policy for managing illegal maritime arrivals by boat to Australia. OSB is a military-led border security initiative to stop illegal boat arrivals, preventing people risking their lives at sea in the hands of criminals and preserving the integrity of Australia’s immigration program.


The Australian Government has confirmed that OSB resulted in the lowest January arrivals for six years, with the last illegal boat to have arrived on December 19.


If you travel by boat, without a visa, you will not come to Australia and you will be sent to Manus Island or Nauru. There are no exceptions. More information about Operation Sovereign Borders can be found in the attached facts sheets in English and Arabic.
 


Australian Government Concern over Increased Violence in Parts of Iraq

The Australian Government condemns the violence perpetrated in western Iraq over the last week by the Al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and associates.

Australia encourages Iraqi political leaders to continue to work together to solve Iraq’s challenges.

The Australian Government listed ISIL as a terrorist organisation under the Criminal Code in December 2013.
 

8 Janurary 2014

 

قلق حكومة استراليا من تزايد العنف في أجزاء من العراق


تدين الحكومة الاسترالية العنف الذي ارتكب في غرب العراق خلال الاسبوع الماضي من قبل تنظيم القاعدة وتنظيم الدولة الإسلامية في العراق وبلاد الشام المرتبط به

تشجع أستراليا القيادات السياسية العراقية إلى مواصلة العمل معا من أجل حل التحديات العراقية

ادرجت الحكومة الاسترالية تنظيم الدولة الإسلامية في العراق وبلاد الشام كمنظمة إرهابية بموجب القانون الجنائي في كانون الاول عام 2013 

8 كانون الثاني 2014
 

 


Operation Sovereign Borders continues over Christmas holiday period

The Australian Government has introduced a tough new policy for managing illegal maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB). OSB is a military-led border security initiative to stop the boats, to prevent people risking their lives at sea in the hands of criminals, and to preserve the integrity of Australia’s immigration program.

The Commander of Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders confirmed in a 20 December video message that Australian patrol boats and surveillance aircraft will be on duty every day of the year, including over the Christmas Holiday period.

If you travel by boat, without a visa, you will not come to Australia and you will be sent to Manus Island or Nauru. There are no exceptions. More information about Operation Sovereign Borders can be found in the attached facts sheets in English and Arabic.


 

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