President Rashid Meets Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte


The President of the Republic of Iraq, Abdullatif Jamal Rashid met with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte, at his residence in Davos.

Formation of the new government following the general elections took time, but it yielded good results, particularly reaching consensus after long dialogues between all the parties, His Excellency President Rashid said while noting that the government is committed to implementing its ministerial programme, intensifying its efforts to render better public services including health, housing, access to adequate water and environmental protection.

President Rashid emphasised that ensuring peace, security, and stability is prioritised on the government's agenda.
During my recent tours to the Iraqi provinces, I witnessed the construction projects in progress, although the delay of national budget approval has resulted in the suspension of some of the strategic projects", His Excellency said.

President Rashid also spoke about the relationship between Baghdad and Erbil, which continues to improve. We work tirelessly to approve the enactment of oil and gas law that guarantees the rights of all, help ensure the return of displaced persons to their homes, and addresses their issues once and for all, HE added. International organisations are partly to blame for doing very little to help the IDPs, they are taking photos and issuing statements of sympathy, HE noted.

Advantage should be taken of the Netherlands' experience and expertise, the President emphasised, underlining the need to further cooperation between the two countries.

Prime Minister Rutte confirmed his country's stance toward supporting the people of Iraq, by providing expertise in the fields of water management and agriculture. He hailed Iraq's crucial role to establish security and stability in the region, speaking about the Iraqi community in the Netherlands and the means that would resolve the refugee problem.


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