Poland and Iraq discuss fighting IS

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Roberto Galea 26.11.2016 11:43

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski met Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Al-Jaafari in Warsaw to discuss bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and a common strategy to combat the so-called Islamic State.

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski (R), with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Al-Jaafari (L) in Warsaw. Photo: MSZPolish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski (R), with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim Al-Jaafari (L) in Warsaw. Photo: MSZ

During face-to-face talks in the Polish capital, the ministers discussed bilateral humanitarian, development, and economic cooperation.

Waszczykowski said that Poland supports Iraq’s endeavours to seek membership of the World Trade Organisation.

In recognition of Poland’s contribution to international efforts for stability and peace in the Middle East, Iraq supports Poland’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council in 2018-2019.

As part of closer cooperation between the two countries’ governments, the ministers signed a Cooperation Agreement between the foreign ministries of Poland and Iraq.

After signing the agreement, Waszczykowski said that “Iraq has ranked high in Poland’s foreign and security policy for many years.”

“The situation in and around Iraq affects not only the security of the Middle East, but also Europe’s. Poland has been a long-time member of various coalitions that attempt to help Iraq restore peace in the country and its close neighbourhood. We hope that soon after the Islamic State is defeated, peace will also lead to economic cooperation, which cannot flourish in today’s security environment,” he added. (rg)

Source: MSZ

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