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Re­la­tions ‘ex­cel­lent’

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The new for­eign minister of Iraq Fuad Hus­sein Thurs­day un­der­lined his coun­try’s com­mit­ment to con­tinue on the path of de­vel­op­ing good re­la­tions with Kuwait and other Gulf coun­tries.

“We have good re­la­tions with Gulf coun­tries and we want to con­tinue this,” he told a press con­fer­ence in the Brus­sels Press Club Thurs­day.

Hus­sein noted that the first for­eign minister to visit Bagh­dad when he was ap­pointed was from Kuwait fol­lowed by the Saudi for­eign minister, and an Iraqi del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Kuwait and Riyadh re­cently.

“We have an ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship and we are also co­op­er­at­ing on how to face the COVID-19,” he said.

There is sup­port from Kuwait, from Saudi Ara­bia and other Gulf coun­tries to the Iraqi health sec­tor, he added.

On his first of­fi­cial visit to Europe as the Iraqi for­eign minister, Hus­sein said he started his trip from Ber­lin, then to Brus­sels and from then will go to Paris. Ger­many holds the cur­rent EU Pres­i­dency.

“It is im­por­tant for us to in­form our Euro­pean col­leagues, friends and the pub­lic opin­ion about what is go­ing on in Iraq and the re­gion,” he said.

Wed­nes­day, the Iraqi for­eign minister met NATO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Jens Stoltenber­g as well as EU High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Josep Bor­rell and EU par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and later Thurs­day he will meet with the Bel­gian for­eign minister.

He said that NATO can play an im­por­tant role by train­ing the Iraqi forces and dis­cus­sions about ties with the Al­liance will con­tinue.

He said that Iraq is fac­ing sev­eral chal­lenges in­clud­ing the COVID-19 cri­sis and col­lapse of the oil prices. (KUNA)

 ?? KUNA photo ?? His High­ness the Prime Minister re­ceived the Pres­i­dent of the Iraqi Coun­cil of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.
KUNA photo His High­ness the Prime Minister re­ceived the Pres­i­dent of the Iraqi Coun­cil of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

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