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Iraq's Kurdistan Prime Minister receives UAE Foreign Minister

posted on 06/02/2011: 2217 views

Visiting UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed the UAE's sincere desire to boost its relations of cooperation with Kurdistan Region in Iraq in areas of mutual interest.

Sheikh Abdullah made his statement during talks with Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Dr. Barham Salih yesterday over ways bolstering bilateral ties. The two ministers also explored avenues of possible joint cooperation in economy, trade and investment.

Sheikh Abdullah stated following the meeting that he had discussed with Kurdistan premier the possibility of opening a UAE consulate general in the Region. Prospects of joint cooperation in areas of education, scientific research, agriculture, promotion of investment opportunities and increase of two-way flights were also discussed during the meeting.

'The areas of possible joint cooperation from the stepping stone in this regard and there is a close follow up from the political leadership in the Region in this respect,' the UAE minister added.

Regarding the situation in Egypt, the UAE foreign minister reiterated that : 'Egypt is a regional heavy weight player and what affects its and its people has far-reaching implications on all of us .............. we are looking forward that Egypt will remain as we always know it a country of tolerance, love, refinement and a melting pot of all religions and faiths.

This country (Egypt), he affirmed, is always aspiring for hope and future and any country in the world could face troubles but Egypt, as we usually accustom to, has the ability to ride over this ordeal,' he affirmed.

For his part, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq Dr. Barham Salih lauded the UAE's stance towards Iraq and its unstinted humanitarian assistance to Iraq during times of calamities. He also credited political support the UAE has lent to Iraq. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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