confirmed President Barham Salih, Wednesday that Iraq is keen to establish effective relations with Italy and the countries of the European Union, referring to the decision to open up the path of Arab, regional and international levels. 

The President of the Republic, in a statement received by Alsumaria News, a copy of it, that "President Barham Salih received at the Peace Palace in Baghdad, today, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his delegation."

"The development and progress of the relations between the two countries contribute to enhancing the horizons of joint cooperation in the interest of the two friendly peoples," Saleh said, noting that Iraq is keen to establish effective and expanded relations with Italy and EU countries in general. 

"Iraq has taken a course of openness in its Arab, regional and international relations after it has achieved victory over terrorism," he said. 

The President of the Republic "Italy's participation in the international coalition against terrorism and its support to the Iraqi security forces and their contribution to many service projects." 

For his part, the Italian Prime Minister reiterated his country's support for efforts to combat terrorism and its serious desire to strengthen bilateral cooperation. He expressed his happiness to visit Iraq and praised the stability situation in the country.

According to the statement, "the two sides discussed bilateral relations and means of developing them in the economic, trade and investment fields and the necessity of activating them between the two countries, as well as discussing the latest developments and events on the regional and international arenas." 

The President also held a luncheon in honor of the Italian Prime Minister, attended by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and the President of the Federal Court Judge Medhat Al Mahmoud.