PRESS RELEASE 103
Bilateral consultations between Spain and Iraq
05/07/2019

​The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Fernando M. Valenzuela, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, Nazar Al-Khairullah, held yesterday political consultations in Madrid within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed on the occasion of the visit to Madrid of the then Minister of Foreign Affairs Al-Jaafari in May 2017.

During this meeting, Spain reaffirmed its commitment to the security of the country, where it contributes to the training of the Iraqi Armed Forces with more than five hundred soldiers and twenty-six civilian guards. Both parties also discussed how to develop bilateral relations, particularly in the economic sphere. The implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in February 2019, under which Iraq will be able to recover the remaining funds in Spanish financial institutions from the “oil-for-food programme”, was discussed. This will facilitate the participation of Spanish companies in the reconstruction of the country.

Valenzuela and Al-Khairullah addressed in particular the regional situation and Iraq's strategic position therein.

During his stay in Spain, the Deputy Minister previously participated together with the Secretary General of the European External Action Service of the European Union, Helga Schmid, in a seminar on Iraq and its neighbours, organised by the European Union at the Casa Árabe in Córdoba.

This visit is part of the desire of both countries to strengthen and enrich a historic relationship, particularly following the official visit of H.M. King Felipe VI to Iraq in January 2019.

 

 

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