FM and his Russian counterpart hold an expanded meeting in Moscow.

23rd October, 2017 11:08 AM | Written by |

Foreign Minister Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jaafari and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met in Moscow on October 23, 2017, to discuss relations between the two countries and ways to improve them, as well as to discuss security and political developments in Iraq and regional and international issues of common concern.


"We thank the Russian Federation for its responsible attitude in attributing Iraq to terrorism, and we have now focused on the need to strengthen economic relations and move the wheel of reconstruction," he said at a joint press conference with Sergey Lavrov. : We continue to count on our relationship with the strategic friend of the Russian Federation to give us all good, whether economic, political or security.


He added that the Iraqi government is making quiet and peaceful efforts to preserve the unity of Iraq and its people after the unconstitutional referendum held by the authorities in the Kurdistan region, got a very important tactical attitude contributed by the Kurds to the Arabs, as well as the Turkmen reject the referendum, adding: It dealt wisely and calmly to solve the problem and prevent the state of war. The people of Kirkuk responded calmly, and in 15 hours the law enforcement process ended.


"We have invited Mr. Lavrov. Because many foreign ministers and heads of state have recently visited Iraq, it is time for Russian political leaders to visit Iraq, whether he is the president or the foreign minister.


"We discussed international issues with a focus on the need to strengthen efforts to combat terrorism, the main front of this fighting against Da'ash, and victory is in both Iraq and Syria," said Sergey Lavrov. "We expressed our support for the efforts of the Iraqi government not only in the fight against terrorism It has recorded great successes, but with regard to the solution of internal problems through a national dialogue with the participation of all national and religious components.


"We agreed on a solid basis for further development of bilateral cooperation, above all, namely: political dialogue, economic and trade exchanges, energy cooperation, military-technical cooperation and cooperation in education," he said. Iraq, and I accept this invitation, and we will agree on the dates for this visit in the near future.


The Russian Foreign Minister: We discussed the results of the referendum in the Kurdistan region on 25 September last, and confirmed the Russian position in support of a solution to all issues between the government in Baghdad and the authority in the Kurdistan region on the basis of mutual respect and compatibility, as well as on the principles of the unity of Iraq, And the safety of soil.


 I believe that all the opportunities are available to achieve agreement on how to apply the aspirations of the Kurdish people within the unified Iraqi state on the basis of the constitution. I am convinced that the Iraqi government and the Iraqi state do not abandon the Kurds, do not declare them criminals or terrorists or enemies. Kurdish culture, and not destroy the Kurdish historical monuments, but rather to involve the Kurdish component, and their integration into power.