Maliki Appeals to Dutch Companies

By John Lee.

Premier Nouri al-Maliki received the Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmerman this week and called for Dutch companies to enter the Iraqi markets, pointing that Iraq has an agreement with the European Union.

Minister Timmerman said his country is looking for opportunities either in work or investments, and said his country wants to work in Iraq in all sectors.

The situation in the region was discussed, and Premier Maliki condemned the use of chemical weapons by any side, saying he regarded it as a crime against humanity, and calling for dialogue rather than the use of military force.

The question of Iraqis living in Holland was also discussed, but no details were given.

(Sources: Aswat Al Iraq, Prime Minister's Office)

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