Foreign Minister Stresses Importance of Activating Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Iraq and European Union to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

Foreign Minister Mr. Fuad Hussein met with Mr. David McAllister, Chairman of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee.

The two sides discussed security, political, economic, and health developments in Iraq, as well as files of common interest, and the importance of strengthening bilateral relations by activating the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between Iraq and the European Union.

Minister Fuad Hussein reviewed the developments in the political situation in Iraq and the region, and the Iraqi government’s preparations to organize elections in accordance with standards and conditions that restore the Iraqi people’s confidence in political participation, praising the positive role that Iraq plays in alleviating the crises and tensions in the Middle East region, affirming at the same time that the Iraqi government is continuing its efforts for dialogue with neighboring countries, and also discussed the pivotal role that Iraq plays in fighting terrorism.

On his part, Mr. McAllister praised Iraq’s balanced stance on current events in the region, and affirmed the European Union’s political and economic support for Iraq, and its desire to develop relations with Iraq at all levels.

Mr. McAllister praised the efforts of the Iraqi government in combating Da’esh terrorist organization, affirming the European Parliament’s support for Iraq in its war against terrorism, and expressed his confidence in the government and its success in its merits, especially the holding of fair and transparent elections that restore Iraqi voters’ confidence in the political process.

At the end of the meeting, Mr. McAllister expressed the desire of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affaires Committee to host the Minister to keep the Parliament informed of the latest developments in the situation in Iraq.