The new Iraqi Ambassador in Rome, Siwan Barazani, said on Friday that he seeks to achieve "twinning" between Iraqi and Italian cities to help develop economic relations, according to the Italian AGI news agency.
The agency quoted the diplomat as saying that Italy is Iraq’s major European economic partner, and that many Arab countries, including Iraq, have excellent relations with it. He suggested developing these relations through a programme of twinning between Iraqi and Italian cities.
He said he seeks to make a number of twinning operations between cities with common characteristics like Basra and Bari, and Milan and Erbil, noting that he will visit a number of big Italian cities next week to foster these new relationships.
"Contacts are underway to prepare for the joint Iraqi-Italian committee meeting in Baghdad next December," he continued.
"Iraqis consider Italy as a strategic partner in the oil sector through the Eni company, which recently won the contract for the al-Zubeir oilfield," the ambassador said.
(Source: Aswat al-Iraq)
(Photo: Sempione Park, Milan. Photo credit: Pe Jo)