Baghdad Acting Head of the European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Plenipotentiary Minister Tariq Adel Al-Shaher, met with the Romanian Ambassador to Iraq, Radu Octavian Dobre, today, Sunday, at the ministry’s headquarters.
The two sides discussed the upcoming visit of the Romanian Minister of State for International Affairs and Diplomatic Strategies in the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cornel Verona, to Iraq during the month of next February, at the invitation of Senior Undersecretary Nizar Al-Khairallah, with the aim of resuming political consultations and strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
During the meeting, the head of the Europe department also raised the issue of lifting the European ban on Iraqi aviation in the special review that will take place next June at the European Commission in Brussels, requesting Romania’s support for Iraq in this regard. And the head of the Europe Department demanded allocating scholarships for Iraqi students to obtain master’s and doctoral degrees in Romanian universities.
The issue of exempting holders of diplomatic and service passports from entry visas between the two countries, and the importance of Romanian companies’ participation in investment and infrastructure reconstruction, was also discussed.
For his part, the Romanian ambassador expressed his desire to strengthen bilateral relations with Iraq at all levels, because Iraq is of great importance to Romania, stressing that the upcoming visit of the Romanian Minister of State aims to strengthen ways to advance bilateral relations, and the importance of finding new horizons for cooperation between Iraq and Romania, especially after forming the new Romanian government, the coming period will witness visits by Romanian government officials and parliamentarians to Iraq to discuss areas of common interest.
The ambassador stressed the importance of strengthening and developing Iraqi-Romanian relations to serve the interests of both countries.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency