Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hoshyar Zebari, received the French Ambassador accredited to Iraq, Denys Gauer, on Sunday.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the Iraqi – French relations and ways of enhancing them. The Minister reviewed the security and political situation and the government’s efforts in the fight against terrorism and containing the crisis in Anbar, touching upon the preparations for terrorism combat conference, which will be hosted by Iraq in the middle of March 2014.
The Minister also reviewed the preparations for the parliamentary elections at the end of April 2014, and what this process represents as a major challenge to support the building of the Iraqi state.
Minister Zebari also pointed to the nature of Iraq’s participation in the Geneva Conference 2 for Peace which represents an opportunity for both Syrian parties, in order to serve the interests and aspirations of the Syrian people.
The meeting was attended by Undersecretary for Bilateral Relations, Acting Head of Europe Department, Acting Head of the Protocol Department, and the Minister’s Office Manager.