Discussion Session on Economic Cooperation Republic of Iraq – United States of America – Gulf Cooperation Council July 16, 2020
On Thursday 16, July 2020, a three sided discussion session was held which brought together representatives of the governments of the Republic of Iraq, the United States of America, and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to discuss the topic of connecting the electrical grid project between Iraq and the Arab Gulf states.
This session was organised and supported by the government of the United States of America, and aims to work towards finding an effective way to implement the connection of electrical grid project between Iraq and the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in addition to moving forward in encouraging economic cooperation between Iraq and Gulf countries.
The session issued the following joint statement:
The Government of Iraq, Gulf Cooperation Council, and United States have renewed their full support for the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) project to connect the electricity grids of Iraq and the GCC. The United States is committed to facilitating this project and providing support where needed.
This project will provide much-needed electricity to the people of Iraq and support Iraq’s economic development, particularly in the southern provinces.
The Government of Iraq, Gulf Cooperation Council, and United States look forward to increased close economic and energy cooperation between the United States, Iraq, and the GCC countries, as a basis for peace, development, and prosperity in the region.
The Government of Iraq, Gulf Cooperation Council, and United States called for the speedy and full implementation of the pledges made in 2018 by the international community at the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq.