Press Statements Following Maliki-Putin Talks

A session of the intergovernmental commission is scheduled for the end of this year in Baghdad.

We also gave the necessary attention to expanding humanitarian relations. In this regard, I should note that since last year, we have increased the quota of state fellowships for Iraqi students in Russian universities to 150. It is pleasing that the Russian Language Chair at the University of Baghdad has never suspended its work for even a single day.

We exchanged views on current international issues and regional problems as well. It is gratifying to note that we hold coinciding or very close views on very many positions.

n conclusion, I would like to express my certainty that this visit by Mr Prime Minister and his entire team will serve the further development of multidimensional cooperation between Russia and Iraq.

Thank you very much for your attention.

PRIME MINISTER OF IRAQ NOURI AL-MALIKI (retranslated): Thank you very much, your Excellency.

I would like to begin by expressing my sincere gratitude for your invitation to visit Russia, a friendly nation that shares our desire to strengthen our bilateral relations. Both myself and all the members of our delegation felt welcome and sensed a very serious, thoughtful approach to discussing and examining the most pressing issues that are of mutual interest to us.

All our rounds of talks with the Russian Government and the President of the Russian Federation fully reflected the desire and readiness of both sides to move forward toward increasing our full range of bilateral cooperation.

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