Mon, Dec 7, 2020
Foreign Minister Mr. Fuad Hussein praised the historical Iraqi-Kuwaiti relations, and the steady progress they are witnessing, stating that Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are the gates of Iraq to the Gulf, and called for the importance of creating a mechanism for joint action with the Gulf Cooperation Council in light of the presidency of the State of Kuwait, inviting Mr. Nayef Al-Hajraf to visit Baghdad within the framework of activating relations, and bridging ways of understanding between Iraq and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries.
The Minister indicated that Iraq is building its relations according to the principle of balance, the activation of common interests, and mutual respect.
This came in a meeting between the Foreign Minister Mr. Fuad Hussein, with Dr. Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf, Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, on the sidelines of the IISS Manama Dialogue 2020 conference for regional security
The two sides touched on the viral pandemic and its health and economic effects, and the Minister expressed his hope for a recovery in oil prices after the discovery of the vaccine and the start of vaccination, pointing to the need for Gulf companies to play a role in the reconstruction of Iraq by investing in the field of infrastructure, and stressed the need to form a committee to follow up on the outcomes of the Kuwait Donors’ Conference, and to coordinate with the World Bank.
On his part, Mr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf affirmed the GCC’s interest in Iraq, and he had previously signed several memorandum of understanding, calling for keenness to maintain the volume of cooperation between the two sides, expressing his happiness at the improvement in Iraqi-Saudi relations and the growing volume of bilateral cooperation, and expressed his praise for the tripartite mechanism between Iraq, Jordan and Egypt.
Mr. Al- Hajraf affirmed the council’s support for the sovereignty, stability, and territorial integrity of Iraq, and the fight against terrorism, stating that we will not hesitate to support Iraq as these are essential elements in the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Mr. Al-Hajraf explained that we have a framework for joint action with Iraq, and we have completed the financial measures to complete the link in the south, and also revealed that the water, food and commercial security between the two sides will be reviewed in his visit to Iraq.
The two sides also discussed a number of regional and international issues of common interest, including the tension between Tehran and Washington, and its repercussions on the region.
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