On 16th June the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland donated 50,000 protective face masks to Iraq’s health authorities, following Iraq’s request for support in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The Polish contingent in the NATO Mission Iraq (NMI) coordinated the delivery of this aid. A ceremony to mark the Polish donation took place at the Iraqi military base at Taji, attended by Iraqi senior civilian and military officials, Polish representatives, and personnel of the NATO Mission Iraq and of the Combined Joint Task Force of the US-led Operation Inherent Resolve.
Iraq made this request through NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC). The EADRCC is NATO’s main civil emergency response mechanism. The Centre operates on a 24/7 basis, coordinating requests and offers of assistance. Since the start of the crisis, the EADRCC has coordinated requests from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and 15 NATO and partner countries, resulting in dozens of offers of assistance.
NATO launched its current Mission in Iraq in 2018, at the request of Iraq and following a decision by NATO leaders at the Brussels Summit. The NATO Mission Iraq is a non-combat advising, training and capacity-building mission, conducted with full respect of Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity. It involves trainers, advisors and supporting personnel from Allied and partner countries, including Australia, Sweden and Finland. This Mission builds upon the achievements to date of the partnership between NATO and Iraq.
Based on NATO’s press release