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NEW YORK (January 18, 2022)—Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Fareed Yasseen today accepted five historic stolen artifacts for repatriation to Iraq after they had been looted over the past 30 years.
At a ceremony also featuring Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Erik Rosenblatt, Acting Special Agent in Charge, New York, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, two items seized from Michael Steinhardt and three others from ongoing investigations were handed over. The Antiquities Trafficking Unit of the office of the Manhattan District Attorney was responsible for the efforts to recover the stolen antiquities, which collectively are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
On Thursday, 16/9/2021, the Foreign Minister, Mr. Fuad Hussein, met his Kuwaiti counterpart, Dr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, on the margins of the joint ministerial meeting of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, held in Riyadh.
The Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein called the National Security Adviser to US President, Jake Sullivan, expressing his condolences to the US government for the deaths of a number of US soldiers in addition to a number of Afghan citizens following yesterday’s bombing (on Thursday, August 26) in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Read more
Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and his accompanying delegation arrived in Tehran Tuesday, 8/10/2021. The minister will meet the Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi, in addition to a number of Iranian officials, and they will discuss issues related to bilateral relations and the security situation in the region, in addition to handing over the invitation from the Prime Minister. Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to the Iranian President to attend the summit meeting of the neighboring countries of Iraq. Read more
Foeign Minister Mr. Fuad Hussein met on Tuesday 10/8/2021 his counterpart Mohammed Javad Zarif in Tehran.
The Minister expressed his desire to work to support and strengthen relations between Baghdad and Tehran in a way that reflects their depth, stressing his keenness to maintain bilateral cooperation in various fields in the next stage to achieve the common interests of the two countries, and to activate the memorandums of understanding agreed upon with the Iraqi government. Read more
Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, on Tuesday, August 3, 2021, handed over antiquities to the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Hassan Nadhem. The antiquities which had been smuggled from Iraq were reclaimed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from several countries through coordination with the Iraqi embassies in those countries. Read more
Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemns the air attack took place last night on a site on the Iraqi-Syrian border.
The Ministry reiterates its complete rejection of making Iraq a part of any conflict or confrontation to settle scores on its lands, which represents an assault and a breach of the national sovereignty and a clear violation of the international norms and covenants. Read more
Foreign Minister. H.E. Mr. Fuad Hussein met on 14 June 2021 with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Arab Republic of Egypt, H.E. Mr. Sameh Shoukry, on the sidelines of his visit to Doha to participate in the consultative meeting of Arab foreign ministers hosted by the State of Qatar.
They discussed ways to advance bilateral relations, and mutual interest in developing them in all fields. Read more
Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Fuad Hussein delivered the speech of the Republic of Iraq at the consultative meeting of Arab foreign ministers held on 15 June 2021 in Doha, in which he emphasized Iraqi government’s efforts to prepare for a meeting aiming at alleviating the situation in the region, which would positively effect the internal situaion in Iraq, with the participation of all neighboring countries, Arab and Islamic countries, in addition to the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and the Arab Republic of Egypt. Read more
On 14 June 2021, Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Fuad Hussein arrived in Doha, to attend two consultative and emergency meetings of Arab foreign ministers.
It is worth noting that the meeting came upon the request of the host State of Qatar due to its presidency of the current session of the Arab League Council, and that the meeting will discuss various Arab issues, primarily the Palestinian cause and its recent developments, making peace frameworks in the Gaza Strip, and the developments of the Renaissance Dam issue.
It is hoped that the Minister will hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the meeting with Qatari officials and Arab foreign ministers to discuss a number of files of common interest. Read more
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