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Welcome to the Australian Embassy in Iraq
This site is designed to provide visitors with information on the Embassy's services as well as the relationship between Australia and Iraq. The website contains useful links on Australian culture, business opportunities, international activities and government services, including visas and immigration. Thank you for visiting our website and we hope it provides you with the information you seek.
Lyndall Sachs PSM
Launch of AFC Cup Trophy Tour
11 December 2014
On 9 December 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade hosted an event at its Canberra headquarters to celebrate the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup Trophy Tour. The event was attended by many senior dignitaries, including HE Mouayed Saleh, Ambassador of Iraq to Australia, and former Socceroos player Mark Bosnich as a special guest.
The Asian Cup will kick off on January 9 with 32 matches played in five cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra and Newcastle, across 23 days. The AFC Asian Cup is the oldest, largest and most prestigious football event in Asia. It is the biggest football championship ever played in Australia. In addition to Australia and Iraq, the 14 other qualifying teams include Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait, Jordan, China and Palestine.
The AFC Asian Football Cup 2015 is not only an opportunity to show the world Australia’s sporting pedigree, but also welcome our neighbours and friends to Australia. Ahead of the tournament, the Asian Cup Trophy will be displayed in each host city from December 4-12. It will travel to Parramatta, Newcastle, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane.
Sport provides us with a common language – it can make huge leaps in strengthening ties between countries. It allows us to demonstrate what we stand for as a nation, as well as the opportunity to surpass social, cultural and language barriers.
Iraqi Ambassador Saleh with former Socceroos player Mark Bosnich
Celebrating 40 years of Australian aid
10 December 2014
Over 40 years Australia has played a critical role in fostering economic growth, good governance and stability around the world, including in Iraq. Our international efforts have included peace-building and humanitarian support, and have improved health, education, employment and economic opportunities.
Production of prosthetics in Iraq, 2003. Photo Victor Mello, UNDP Iraq
Deminers at work in Iraq, 2011. Photo Victor Mello UNDP Iraq
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.
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