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Iraqi FM praises British military support during fight against Islamic State

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Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) – Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed al-Hakim praised on Wednesday efforts exerted by the British government to liberate Iraqi territories from terrorism.

The top Iraqi diplomat made the remarks during a meeting with British Ambassador to Iraq Jonathan Wilks to discuss means of promoting relations between the two countries in different fields, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was quoted as saying by Alghad Press website.

“During their meeting, the two sides discussed ways to boost the level of coordination and consultation between Baghdad and London to solve regional crises and fight terrorism,” the ministry said in a statement.

The minister voiced Iraq’s keenness on promoting partnership with Britain, expressing hope that the British firms would play a major role in the reconstruction of Iraq’s infrastructure in the coming period.

Al-Hakim further hailed “military support provided by Britain for Iraq during the country’s fight against Islamic State gangs.”

“Iraq adopts a certain principle based on establishing balanced relations with the other countries, particularly the neighboring ones,” the statement added.

The British ambassador, meanwhile, said that his government would “focus on promoting bilateral relations with Baghdad.”

Britain will continue to support Iraq in the economic and capacity building fields.


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