By John Lee.
Iraq's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hoshyar Zebari, and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday for political and diplomatic cooperation.
Following the signing ceremony, political and technical talks between the two sides took place on ways to develop relations between Iraq and Russia as well as exchanging views on the latest regional, international, and the Syrian crisis developments.
The two sides stressed the need to stop violence and bloodshed and to find a political solution to the deepening Syrian crisis.
The Iraqi side requested Russia's help to liberate Iraq from the remaining provisions of Chapter VII.
They also discussed mechanisms to end the mandate of the Special International Coordinator in charge of the Kuwaiti missing people and properties under Chapter VII. Both sides agreed to work together with the rest UNSC permanent members to issue a new resolution that ends the mandate before the end of this year.
The Iraqi delegation included of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Advisers Council at the Cabinet Dr. Thamer Al Ghadban, Legal Advisor to the Prime Minister Dr. Fadil Mohammed Jawad, Chairman of the National Investment Commission Dr. Sami Al Araji, and Iraq's Ambassador to Russia Fayek Neroy.
The Russian side comprised Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Middle East Department, Senior Advisers at the Ministry for Arab and Iraqi affairs, and the Russian Ambassador in Baghdad.
Lavrov held dinner invitation in honor of Minister Zebari and his accompanying delegation.
(Source: Iraqi Foreign Ministry)