Baghdad Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein affirmed that the Iraqi-French relations are going in outstanding manner, and that Iraq looks forward to the continuation of friendly countries in supporting it and providing expertise in the field of infrastructure.
A statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Minister Fuad Hussein received a copy of the credentials of Eric Chevalier, the new French ambassador to Baghdad, and wished the ambassador success in his work in Baghdad, expressing the readiness of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide all support to the diplomatic mission to increase the volume of coordination in various fields.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs affirmed: “The Iraqi-French relations are going in a distinguished manner, and that joint cooperation in politics, security, combating terrorism, and diplomatic communication have a significant impact in promoting common interests and facing common risks, expressing thanks, and Iraq’s appreciation for France’s supportive stances in the International forums, military and humanitarian support in the war against ISIS terrorist gangs, in addition to assistance in the return of Iraqi antiquities.
He explained, “Today, Iraq has ended the war against ISIS terrorists, and started the construction phase, the reconstruction of Iraqi cities, and the return of families to their areas of residence,” adding: “Iraq looks forward to the continuation of friendly countries to support it, contribute to investment, and provide expertise in the field of infrastructure.”.
For his part, the ambassador affirmed his country’s continued support for Iraq in its war against terrorism, noting that he will do everything in his power to cooperate in supporting Iraq’s security and stability, and to contribute to its reconstruction, in addition to activating work on development and education.
He renewed the call for holding a bilateral meeting between Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York at the end of this month in the context of opening new horizons for cooperation between the two countries.
The ambassador presented the idea of holding the Baghdad 2 Conference, and the possibility of promoting stronger cooperation between Iraq and France to bring the parties together in the region, and to raise comprehensive regional issues of concern to the region, and to work on signing a partnership and cooperation agreement before the end of this year.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency