While Receiving the German Foreign Minister, the President Emphasizes the Coordination of Positions with the European Countries on the Regional Crises


President Barham Salih received the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and his accompanying delegation, at the Presidential Office in Baghdad, Saturday, June 8, 2019.
His Excellency welcomed the visiting delegation, and asserted the importance of enhancing relations between the two countries as well as investing opportunities to consolidate bilateral cooperation in order to achieve common interests, notably in the economic and industrial fields.
The President commended the international coalition’s efforts in propping up Iraq in various fields and Germany’s assistance for the Iraqi people, particularly in the area of repatriating the internally displaced people and providing support for them.
The President stressed on Iraq's keen desire for the need to coordinate positions with the European countries about several important issues as well as on developments on both regional and international arenas. 
His Excellency reiterated Iraq's steadfast stance towards regional crises. 
President Salih articulated that the establishment of a stable regional system and the enhancement of positive international integration as well as the recognition of mutual interests are the way to distance Iraq and the region from the specter of conflicts. 
The President added that Iraq is an essential part of its Arab and Islamic depth, and our responsibilities of this role cannot be relinquished in accordance to the principle of mutual and shared interests in achieving peace and security in the region. 
His Excellency noted that we will continue on unifying efforts in order to adopt the language of constructive dialogue, and to distance ourselves from the logic of interference in the affairs of States. 
President Salih highlighted the importance of Germany’s supportive role for efforts to achieve peace and reduce tension in the region so that its people enjoy a better and prosperous future. 
For his part, Mr. Maas renewed the German Government's commitment to support Iraq in all fields and its keenness to expand the prospects of bilateral cooperation.
The German Foreign Minister lauded Iraq's pivotal role for strengthening the foundations of peace, security and stability in our region. 

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