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Iraqi-Syrian Meeting Discusses Humanitarian Conditions in al-Hol

Iraqi-Syrian Meeting Discusses Humanitarian Conditions in al-Hol

Monday, 26 September, 2022 - 06:30
The meeting of the Iraqi and Syrian foreign ministers in New York (Iraqi News Agency)

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein has discussed in New York with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad the bilateral ties and the humanitarian conditions at al-Hol camp in Syria.

In a statement, the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed that both sides discussed means to bolster joint cooperation in a manner that guarantees security and safety in the two countries and in the region, in general.

Hussein stressed the significance of bilateral ties and called for abstaining from interfering in other countries’ affairs.

The Iraqi FM called for addressing the humanitarian situation at al-Hol camp and preventing ISIS from breaking through the camps of the displaced.

For his part, the Syrian FM praised Iraq’s stances towards the Syrian crisis and in supporting a peaceful solution to it.

He expressed his government’s hope to boost bilateral ties between Iraq and Syria, the Iraqi News Agency reported.

Meanwhile, Iraqi government sources affirmed that there are thousands of innocent families at al-Hol camp and returning them to Iraq has become a humanitarian duty.

Yet, some Iraqi parties reject this proposal and see that these families belong to ISIS.

Dr. Moataz Mohieddine, strategic expert on armed groups, told Asharq Al-Awsat that al-Hol camp hosts tens of thousands of the displaced. A great number of them are Iraqi women and children.

Al-Hol camp is currently home to more than 40,000 Iraqis and around 10,000 families of different nationalities.

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