Tue, Oct 16, 2018
Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jaafari met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in Damascus and discussed the enhancement of joint cooperation and the opening of the border crossings between the two countries, in addition to reviewing the developments taking place in the region and internationally.
The minister said during the meeting "The world until recently was afraid of Daesh terrorist gangs and that the Iraqis and the Syrians faced it and achieved successive victories. Today, everyone is looking with respect and appreciation to what has been achieved. We must continue security cooperation and prevent the return of terrorism." To preserve the achievements made in the war against terrorism, and to activate the political and economic issues along with security.
Minister Al-Jaafari added "Iraq and Syria are steadfast in the face of terrorism and will have a promising future and we have many opportunities for cooperation on the issues of the region and safeguarding the interests of the peoples," stressing that the atmosphere is now more positive towards Syria, and that Iraq's initiative return Syria to the Arab League.
On his part, the Syrian president stressed his keenness to activate bilateral relations in all fields and intensify the political dialogues between the two countries. He pointed out that the victories achieved on terrorism in Syria and Iraq are common victories because the arena in both countries is one and the blood of heroes who made these victories in both countries.
The Syrian President stressed on "continuing security and intelligence coordination and exchange of information," especially as Iraq today enjoys a special place in the region and we must continue to work together to maintain security and stability and to meet the challenges facing the region. He praised the great efforts made by Dr. Al-Jaafari and the Iraqi Foreign Ministry in the past period towards Syria and the Arab, regional and international issues.
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