Baghdad Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein affirmed Baghdad’s keenness to strengthen cooperation mechanisms with the Netherlands at various levels in order to achieve the common interests of the two peoples, noting that the support provided by the Dutch side to Iraq shows the distinguished level of relations between the two countries in all fields.
The Minister praised the support provided by the Netherlands to Iraq through the United Nations and other organizations in combating the terrorist organization ISIS, as well as the training support for the Iraqi military and security forces.
A statement by the Ministry stated that Hussain met his Dutch counterpart, Steve Block, in The Hague, and in the meeting discussed ways to continue bilateral cooperation between the two countries in facing the Coronavirus, its health and economic implications, in addition to prevention measures, and the exchange of experiences in this field.
The Iraqi government’s decision to hold free and fair elections was also discussed, explaining: Iraq has sent a message to the Security Council to provide support and send observers to hold the elections on time.
The Minister also reviewed the economic reform priorities that the Iraqi government intends to implement during the next phase, noting the most important challenges facing Iraq and the region.
The two sides discussed the rounds of strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America, and their importance in reformulating the building of bilateral relations between the two countries, and its impact on relations with the countries allied against terrorism.
They also discussed a number of regional and international issues that receive common attention, and the Minister emphasized that regional and international tensions are reflected in the Iraqi arena, calling for the adoption of the principle of dialogue in resolving the crises afflicting the region, and the need for intensive and joint action to stop interference in Iraqi internal affairs.
For his part, Steve Locke, the Dutch Foreign Minister, expressed his country’s support for Iraq’s efforts to achieve security and stability, affirming the continuation of cooperation between the two countries, and work to calm and prevent escalation.
Source: National Iraqi News Agency