President Receives Foreign Ministers of Jordan, Egypt, Affirms Iraq's Special Ties with Fraternal States


The Foreign Ministers of Egypt and Jordan, Sameh Shoukry and Ayman Al-Safadi respectively, were warmly welcomed into the Presidential Offices today, where they joined President Salih as well as Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohammed Ali Al-Hakim to discuss regional affairs. 

The President noted the significance of holding this tripartite meeting in Baghdad, saying that the meeting and its location demonstrates Iraq’s desire as well as ability to be the common center for all friendly and fraternal states, allowing them to easily coordinate regional security and development concerns along with other areas of pressing interest across all sectors. 

The President emphasized that Iraq gives priority in foreign relations to its fraternal states, a decision consistent with the stated policy of opening and further deepening relations with Iraq’s Arab and Islamic neighborhood. Iraq seeks to contribute to the neighborhood’s construction and development through the exchange of ideas and alignment of visions on critical issues. 

President Salih also spoke about the importance of developing the foundation of joint Arab policies and actions to improve the welfare and economic prosperity of Arab countries, and stressed the importance of following up on implementation goals from the last Tripartite Summit held in Cairo last March. 

The Egyptian and Jordanian Foreign Ministers, in turn, declared their countries’ interests in further developing mechanisms of cooperation and integration across various fields of mutual interests. They noted that both Egypt and Jordan stand with the Iraqi people as they work to achieve their dreams of living in peace and safety. 

The importance of supporting Iraq’s reconstruction of areas liberated from the terrorist group ISIS were also discussed, in addition to other topics of regional concern.


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