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Yesterday, Monday, Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein stressed that European security is interlinked with Iraqi security, while receiving official invitations to visit Mauritania and Finland.
Hussein said in a joint press conference with the representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell: "Borrell's visit to Iraq is his first, indicating that the visit comes to start talks with the federal government."
He continued, "We touched on several files, including the economic, political and security issues between Iraq and the European Union," noting that the issue of refugees was an important focus of bilateral discussions and continued cooperation with the European Union in all fields.
For his part, Borrell stressed that a strong Iraq will have a great impact in the region, pointing to the discussion of "immigration and security files, and we have large companies in several areas with Iraq."
He urged "fair elections and the European Union will deploy observers on polling day," explaining, "We have provided more than one billion dollars to support Iraq over the past years."
The Minister of Foreign Affairs received the credentials of the Mauritanian Ambassador, Al-Hassan Muhammad Aliyat to Baghdad, and the Minister wished the Ambassador success in his diplomatic duties in Baghdad, expressing the readiness of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide all support for the success of the diplomatic mission, pointing to the “necessity of work and cooperation in the service of both countries.”
For his part, the Mauritanian Ambassador, El Hassan Mohamed Aliyat, affirmed his country's keenness to strengthen bilateral relations between Baghdad and Nouakchott, directing an official invitation by the President of the Republic of Mauritania to the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, to visit Nouakchott, and another invitation by the Mauritanian Minister of Foreign Affairs to Minister Fouad Hussein.
The minister also received a copy of the credentials of the new Finnish ambassador to Iraq, Matti Lassila, with an official invitation to the minister to visit Helsinki in the context of strengthening bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.
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