Baghdad Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein participated in Alpbach Forum for Security and Cooperation, which was held in Austria, in the presence of Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, a number of Arab ministers and the former Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The participants in the forum discussed the main themes related to the possibility of achieving peace and security in the Middle East through cooperation and joint action between the main actors in the region, and the role that the European Union, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the United States of America, and other actors can play in achieving security and peace, moving to the stage of stability, and starting sustainable economic development in all sectors, and reconstruction, on the basis of cooperation and partnerships that promote the common interests of the governments and peoples of the region.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs referred to the efforts of the Iraqi government in working to open channels for dialogue with the active forces in the region to put an end to the differences among them and not to use Iraq as an arena for settling accounts, by bringing the parties together at one dialogue table to solve the outstanding problems, and moving to discuss common interests, cooperation and partnerships, which contribute effectively to drying up the sources of terrorism and eliminating it.
The Minister touched on the efforts of the Iraqi government to hold the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, in this direction, which had the participation of a number of leaders of neighboring Arab countries and others, where everyone agreed to support Iraq politically, economically and security, to take its real role as an influential player in the regional and international balance in the region Middle East ” .
He also referred to Iraq’s need for the efforts of the international community, the European Union represented by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the coalition countries by providing advice and expertise in the field of training Iraqi forces and exchanging intelligence information.
The minister stressed the importance of correctly diagnosing conflicts so that they can be properly addressed, and the importance of creating a culture of dialogue.
Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg appreciated the role played by Iraq on the regional arena, and considered it the beginning of a new phase characterized by stability, convergence of views and coexistence among the peoples of the region.
He expressed his country’s desire and readiness to play a role alongside Iraq in its quest to build a more stable Middle East, as the crises that the Middle East witnessed in the past years had an international dimension and negatively affected stability in many regions of the world, whether at the level of the security aspect or immigration.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency