France to Open Consulate in Anbar

The French ambassador to Baghdad, Boris Bouillon (pictured), has met the governor of Anbar and the chairman of its council to discuss ways of enhancing trade and investment in the region, expressing France’s willingness to open a consulate in the province.

The French ambassador, heading a delegation of French businessmen, described his visit to Anbar as “historic,” noting that it comes within the framework of a strong political will.

“We would like to establish a strategic relationship in all fields to enhance the commercial and investment cooperation between the two countries,” Boillon said, “…a French consulate will be opened in the province next year because France is keen on strengthening relations with Iraq.”

He said that he agreed with the central authorities’ plans in the province to organize a major conference for investors, especially the French, particularly in light of Anbar’s abundance of natural resources.

The chairman of Anbar council, Dr. Jassim al-Halbousi, assured the French delegation that the council of the province will be supportive to companies investing in the region, expressing a willingness to increase investment opportunities in Anbar, especially in the education, health and agricultural sectors.

The Ambassador’s visit included the towns of Ramadi and Falluja.

“We agreed on the basic themes of the investment plan and on the establishment of investment and economic relations with major French companies,” he said.

Qasim Mouhammed Abed, the governer of Anbar, spoke of the opportunities for cooperation between France and Anbar, saying that for the province is rich in raw materials and France has extensive experience, the latest technology and highly developed human resources.

(Sources: AKnews, Aswat al-Iraq)

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