We were deeply saddened to learn of the fire at Ibn al-Khatib hospital in Baghdad on Saturday evening, which left more than 80 dead and some 100 people injured.
France offers its sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of this tragedy and wishes those injured a speedy recovery. It assures the Iraqi people of its deep solidarity at this difficult time.
France actively supports the healthcare sector in Iraq and will continue to do so, and is working to strengthen cooperation in the area of civil protection, which is essential to the safety of Iraqi citizens. It stands ready to provide the Iraqi authorities with any assistance they might consider helpful in the circumstances.