FM Meets Head of Iraq-Japan Friendship Assoc

Foreign affairs minister Dr Ibrahim Al-Jaafari met the head of Iraq-Japan Friendship Association Ms Yuriko Koike last week in the Japanese capital Tokyo.

During the meeting, they reviewed the bilateral relations and regional and international issues that concern both sides, as well as, discussing the work of the Association and its activities, in favour of the two friendly countries.

The minister reviewed the latest security and political development in Iraq, saying:" the Iraqi armed forces, the Popular Mobilization, the Peshmerga and the Tribal fighters are achieving great triumphs in the war against the terrorist gangs of Da'esh and have managed to liberate several cities that were under the control of Da'esh."

"Our forces are carrying out operations to liberate other areas. Last year, Da'esh fighters have come from more than 82 states; however, today they are coming from 100 states. This means that the International Coalition's support didn't meet the actual need. We count on our friends' supportive positions in order to give impetus to the momentum of the fight until liberating other areas, regaining security and stability in Iraq as well as providing the humanitarian and service support to the displaced families," His Excellency said.

Dr Al-Jaafari indicated that Iraq is a fertile ground for investment, due to having multiple resources, particularly, for the Japanese companies that have the trust of the Iraqi citizen. "Japan is capable of providing assistance to develop the Iraqi experience and we want to benefit your experiences," H.E. Al-Jaafari pointed out.

While, Ms Yuriko Koike praised the Iraqi experience despite the current circumstances, stressing Japan willingness to promote the friendship between the two countries, and strengthen cooperation concerning developing the parliamentary work. She referred that Japan has received a number of the Iraqi parliamentarians during the last period in the framework of sharing experiences.

(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

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