EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini
by Nehal Mostafa Jun 19, 2017, 12:37 pm
(Reuters) The European Union may send a new security mission to help stabilize Iraq after the expected recapture of Mosul from Islamic State, diplomats said, cautioning that plans were at an early stage.
EU foreign ministers will hold a first discussion on Monday in Luxembourg and consider the deployment of an EU Security Sector Reform Advice and Assist Team which could train Iraq security officials, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters.
Iraq has formally requested EU help, diplomats said.
While a small step, any such effort could signal an end to France and Germany’s aversion to European Union involvement in Middle East wars in the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, which Berlin and Paris opposed.