Mme Catherine Colonna, Minister for Europe and International Affairs, spoke on the phone right now to her Iraqi counterpart, Mr Fuad Hussein.
Following the signature of the strategic partnership treaty between France and Iraq throughout Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’ Al-Sudani’s go to to France in January 2023, the 2 ministers reaffirmed their dedication to strengthen their bilateral relationship in each subject.
The Minister for Europe and International Affairs paid tribute to Iraq’s constructive function within the area and reiterated France’s dedication to the safety and stability of Iraq and of the autonomous area of Kurdistan inside it.
The Minister and her counterpart emphasised the necessity to foster dialogue within the area, constructing specifically on the momentum began by the 2 summits held in August 2021 and December 2022 within the so-called Baghdad format. The ministers mentioned prospects for the subsequent summit on this format, which can be held earlier than the top of the 12 months on the stage of heads of State or authorities; within the run-up to it, the ministers agreed to accentuate and velocity up joint work within the coming months. Regional integration, financial improvement and a standard response to local weather change are among the many areas of shared curiosity on which France, Iraq and the opposite Baghdad-format companions will focus their efforts, for the advantage of all.