Abadi receives an official invitation from Macaron to visit Paris
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France on Saturday reiterated its support for Iraq in all fields and its readiness to contribute to the reconstruction of liberated areas. And praised the victory achieved on the Dahesh, and the ability of the security forces to complete the liberation of other areas of the control of terrorism.
The French foreign and defense ministers, who arrived in Baghdad on Friday evening for a public visit, conveyed France's support for Iraq. And stressed the continuation of military efforts provided by their country within the international coalition. The visiting delegation also handed the Prime Minister an invitation from French President Macaron to visit Paris.
The French delegation started its meetings with Foreign Minister Ibrahim Jaafari and held a joint press conference. The French delegation also met with the Presidents of the Republic and the Ministers. The delegation discussed the latest international and regional developments and means of enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries.
"Paris stands with Iraq both in war and in peace, as part of the consolidation and consolidation of the historic partnership between the two countries," French Foreign Minister Jean-Louis Laudrian said during a joint news conference with Jaafari. "My visit to Iraq and Defense Secretary Florence Barley came at the request of President Emmanuel Macaron," he said.
"Iraq is emerging from the state of war thanks to the determination and courage of the Iraqi forces and is now entering the stage of reconciliation, reconstruction and reconstruction," he said, pointing out that "the war against a pro-reform organization is not over yet."
French Defense Minister Florence Barley expressed her "pleasure at visiting Iraq for the first time" and expressed her "deep appreciation for the success of Iraqi forces in the war against Da'ash in Mosul."
"The Iraqi forces are capable of winning the battle of Tal Afar with the support of the international coalition," Barley said. "All victories were achieved thanks to the patience and steadfastness of the Iraqi army so that this country can move to the stage of peace and reconstruction."
For his part, Foreign Minister Jaafari called on France to "support Iraq in this new phase of reconstruction of cities destroyed by terrorist organizations." He stressed that "the Iraqi-French relations contributed to this victory achieved on Iraqi territory, and we have to take pride in this trade."
The French delegation met with President Fuad Masoum and reiterated the keenness of Paris to contribute to the rehabilitation of institutions damaged by terrorist operations.
A statement by the Office of the President of the Republic, received by the (Mada) yesterday, that "the infallible received at the Peace Palace in Baghdad, French Foreign and Defense Ministers Jean-Yves Laudrian and Florence Barley and the accompanying delegation," noting that "the visiting delegation conveyed the greetings of French President Emmanuel Macaron and congratulations of the victories achieved Iraqi forces to organize a call to the terrorist liberation of the city of Mosul. "
He praised the positions of France supporting Iraq in its war against Da'ash since the beginning of the control of this terrorist organization on the city of Mosul and other Iraqi cities, "noting in turn within the international coalition against terrorism, and provide military support for the Iraqi armed forces, and its efforts in mobilizing the international community's support for Iraq, For providing humanitarian assistance to the displaced.
"Terrorism is a global scourge that requires international cooperation to combat it and eliminate its sleeping cells through security and intelligence coordination among all," he said. "Iraqis are determined to defeat terrorism at all levels."
During the meeting, the President called for "strengthening relations between Iraq and the French Republic in the fields of agriculture, industry, culture and academia." He stressed "the importance of the contribution of French companies and institutions in the reconstruction of liberated areas and the development of infrastructure, as well as contribute to the development of the Iraqi economy."
For his part, the French foreign minister reiterated his country's commitment to support Iraq and its readiness to expand cooperation with it in all fields.
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"The French government is interested in contributing to the reconstruction of institutions affected by terrorism, especially the University of Mosul, as well as the importance of efforts to make the project of community reconciliation a success.
Later, the French delegation handed Prime Minister Haider Abadi an official invitation from French President Emmanuel Macaron to Abadi to visit France.
Abadi discussed with the French delegation the enhancement of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in various fields and the war on Iraq and the victories achieved by the country, the media office of the prime minister said in a statement received by al-Mada.
The French delegation conveyed the congratulations of French President Emmanuel Macaron on the victories achieved on terrorism and his great admiration for Abadi's leadership and the improvement of the situation in Iraq, stressing France's support for Iraq in its war against terrorism and other fields.
The Prime Minister received a written letter from President MacRoon inviting him to visit France and strengthen relations between the two countries in various fields.
On the sidelines of the visit, the French delegation announced that his country will grant Iraq in 2017 loans worth 430 million euros.
At a meeting on Saturday afternoon in Baghdad, French Foreign Minister Abadi said the money would be disbursed before the end of the year, the source said.
The purpose of the French loan is to support the budget to achieve deep financial reforms in the country. The loan, like World Bank loans, imposes better governance of public finances and public institutions, as well as more energy efficiency.
Other countries have already given Iraq loans for financial support or investment like Germany (500 million euros). The French loan is a major effort for Paris amid financial difficulties.
The reconstruction cost in Iraq is estimated to be between $ 700 billion and $ 1,000 billion after violent battles to regain control of the strongholds of Dahesh.
Later, the two French ministers visited the Kurdistan region for talks with regional officials.
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