The Ambassador of Republic of Iraq to Brussels Meets Expert Group on Middle East and Gulf Issues at Council of the European Union

The Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Brussels  Mr.  Sadiq Al-Rikabi met with the expert group on Middle East and Gulf issues in the EU Council. Ambassador Al-Rikabi briefed on the relations between EU and Iraq and the measures taken by the two sides to activate the partnership and cooperation agreement by working to hold the meetings of the three committees emanating from the agreement early next year which will be preceded by a political dialogue meeting between the senior Undersecretary and the Secretary General of the European External Action Department.

Ambassador Al-Rikabi  also touched on Iraq’s balanced positions on the political situation and tensions in the Middle East and the world in general, and its impact on Iraq, calling on the European Union to take its role in calming the situation in the region and supporting Iraq in the field of reconstruction. In the fight against terrorism, he stressed that Iraq’s political and security instability would cast a shadow on Europe.

Ambassador Al-Rikabi also touched on the latest developments in Iraq, pointing out that the right of demonstrations is guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution, noting that the government issued reforms in response to the demands of the demonstrators, calling on the EU countries to invest and support the private sector to provide job opportunities for youth.