I will represent Australia at the first joint Counter-ISIL Coalition Foreign and Defence Ministers' meetings in Washington on 21 July. I will be joined by my colleague, the Minister for Defence Marise Payne.
This meeting comes at a critical juncture as the Counter-ISIL Coalition intensifies the effort to defeat ISIL at its source.
In addition to the Coalition meeting, I will also meet with my Foreign Minister counterparts including UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Ja'afari and Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders. I will also meet with US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition, Brett McGurk. Discussions will focus on accelerating the effort to defeat ISIL in Iraq and Syria, as well as the need to tackle ISIL's global networks.
I will also take part in a panel discussion with leaders of the international security community on the importance of intelligence sharing and cooperation in the fight against ISIL.
As part of Australia's ongoing commitment to peace and stability in Iraq I will announce that Australia will provide a further $15 million in humanitarian and stabilisation assistance. This will include $5 million to clear landmines from civilian areas, $5 million for the World Food Programme for urgent food relief, $3 million for UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and $2 million for the UN Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund.
This additional assistance brings Australia's humanitarian response to the Iraq crisis to $60 million since 2014. Since 2011, Australia has also provided $213 million in response to the Syrian crisis, and we have committed a further $220 million for humanitarian relief in Syria and neighbouring countries over the next three years.
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