Iraq PM Abadi arrives in Japan for official visit

Iraqi and Japanese flags. File photo.

Baghdad ( Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi arrived in Japan on Wednesday on top of a government delegation for an official visit where he is scheduled to meet with senior officials and attend a conference, his office reported.

Abadi, during the visit, will discuss Japanese investments in Iraq, and will also attend a Tokyo conference on employment and arms control in Iraq.

Abadi will meet with Japanese President Shinzo Abe, besides several other officials and corporation heads.

Iraq and Japan started their diplomatic relations in 1939 when Japan opened a representation bureau in Baghdad, after which Iraq took a similar measure in 1955.

After the U.S. invasion in 2003, Japan, through the Madrid donors conference, pledged  USD5 billion in the form of grants and soft loans to Iraq.

Last month, Japan announced USD100 million to support the rehabilitation of areas retaken from Islamic State militants.


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