Press Statements Following Maliki-Putin Talks

Furthermore, we agreed to avoid these types of scenarios when it comes to settling the Syrian crisis, without any kind of foreign meddling, and to support the mission of the new UN Secretary General and League of Arab States’ special envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi. We will do everything we can to ensure the success of his mission, which should result in seeking and finding a peaceful solution to the domestic Syrian crisis that will fully satisfy entire Syrian people.

I also thank the Russian leadership, Mr President and the Russian Government for their readiness to provide assistance to Iraq in lifting the mandate of Article 7, since our country has fully fulfilled its obligations. I repeat again that we are deeply grateful to the Russian side and hope that we will be able to resolve all the remaining issues that require implementation by the Iraqi side, now outside the framework of Article 7.

In the context of what was already said regarding the need to move forward in key areas of mutual interest, we agreed to intensify our efforts in trade, economic, scientific and technical cooperation through the intergovernmental commission. We will give corresponding instructions to the ministers overseeing these matters so that we can take concrete actions to implement the general ideas and intentions of our countries and our peoples to advance in developing the full range of bilateral cooperation.

Thank you very much once again.

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