Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Ibrahim Al-jaafari received the head of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Mr Shinichi Kitaoka, at the Ministry Headquarter, in Baghdad.
The two sides discussed horizons of mutual relations and means to promote them in order to meet the aspirations of the two friendly countries.
The minister said that Iraq is looking forward to establish strong strategic relations between institutes of the two countries so as to promote cooperation and benefit the Japanese experiences. The minister called on Japan to support Iraq in fields of environment, oil, energy, education, and health.
His Excellency asserted:" Japan's experience in the reconstruction and development fields, the trust of Iraqi citizens in the Japanese products and the depth of relations between our two countries make us insists on providing further efforts, further work, opening further horizons of mutual cooperation, and reconstructing the liberated areas". The minister referred that Iraq has multiple resources that must be invested for the interest of the Iraqi people.
Dr Al-Jaafari praised the supportive stances of Japan, expressing his gratitude for the Japanese loans and development assistance to promote the infrastructure, electricity, transportation, energy and Umm Qasr Port.
In turn, Mr Kitaoka emphasised that Japan supports Iraq's unity, stability and the reconstruction of Iraq, commending the military triumphs achieved by the Iraqi Armed Forces against the terrorist gangs of Da'esh and the success of the Iraqi diplomacy.
Mr Kitaoka expressed the readiness of his organisation in reconstructing the infrastructure of the liberated areas, he also commended the achieved success in the files of relations and cooperation between the two countries. He pointed out that Japan will host the Group of Seven summit this year, and shall put forward the files of supporting Iraq, countering terrorism, and the displaced persons and shall work together with UN organisations to address all issues which may assist Iraq.
(Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)