Foreign Minister Meets with his Dutch Counterpart

Foreign Minister Mr.  Mohamad A. Alhakim met with Dutch Foreign Minister Mr.  Stef Blok and discussed prospects of improving relations between the two countries to expand bilateral cooperation to serve the interests of the two friendly peoples.

Minister Alhakim briefed his counterpart on the latest situation in Iraq and the government’s efforts in implementing its program, including: meeting the demands of youth, and stressing that the reform process pursued by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi is proceeding effectively, and will achieve the desired goals with the cooperation of all.

Minister Alhakim praised the support provided by the Dutch side to Iraq in confronting Da’esh terrorist gangs within the framework of the Global Coalition, stressing the importance of continuing the training of Iraqi military forces.

The two sides discussed benefiting from the Dutch experiences in the field of oil, agriculture and water, which positively reflects on job creation and development in Iraq.

The two Ministers discussed a number of regional and international issues of mutual interest. Minister Alhakim stressed the importance of restraint to peaceful solutions and calmness, stating that the escalation in the region will not serve any side.

On his part, the Dutch Foreign Minister expressed optimism about the outcome of the Minister’s visit to The Hague to bring a positive development in relations between the two friendly countries.