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Politics Canada contributing another $12-million for reconstruction efforts in Iraq: Freeland

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Feb. 8, 2018.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is contributing another $12-million for reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

She says the money will support the rebuilding of critical infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, power stations, hospitals and government buildings in regions freed from the control of the Islamic State group.

It will also help law enforcement authorities and promote women's participation in rebuilding and reconciliation efforts.

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Canada is working with the United Nations Development Program's stabilization and mine advisory group, which helps displaced people return home and supports the clearance of unexploded munitions and improvised explosive devices.

Freeland says the latest contribution is part of an international effort to improve security and stability in the Middle East.

Canada has committed $2-billion over three years for security, stabilization and humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impacts on neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon.

"Today's announcement will contribute to the reconstruction of critical services in areas that have been liberated ... and will concretely encourage women's empowerment in Iraq by promoting their participation in reconciliation efforts and advancing the economic involvement of women in their communities," Freeland said in a statement.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on coalition partners to unite and help rebuild Iraq following a three-year war to clear Islamic State from the country. Reuters
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