Press release

PM's phone call with PM Abadi of Iraq: 1 September 2016

Theresa May spoke with Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq about the battle against Daesh, and creating stability and prosperity in Iraq.

A Downing Street spokesperson said:

This morning the Prime Minister called Prime Minister Abadi of Iraq to discuss progress in countering Daesh and creating the right conditions for Iraq’s stability and prosperity.

The Prime Minister welcomed Prime Minister Abadi’s personal leadership in the battle against Daesh, noted the progress made by Iraqi Security Forces and reaffirmed the UK’s continued commitment to the military campaign.

The leaders discussed next steps in the campaign including the operation to retake Mosul and agreed that alongside the military effort there needed to be governance, stabilisation and humanitarian elements. They agreed the UN General Assembly later this month would be a good opportunity for the Iraqi government to update the international community on the progress of the campaign.

The Prime Minister raised concerns over reports of abuses being committed by some elements of the state backed militias of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF). The leaders agreed that it was important that forces liberating Daesh territory should be following due process.

They looked forward to meeting at the UN General Assembly in New York.