Hussain: ISIS cells do not pose a threat

  • 21-01-2023, 14:57
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    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Fouad Hussein, confirmed today, Saturday, that the security situation in Iraq is good and that ISIS cells do not pose a threat.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated, in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that "Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein met with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, on the sidelines of the Davos Forum.".

    The statement added, "During the meeting, they discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries and a number of international and regional issues of common concern," noting that "the two sides discussed the file of Iraqi refugees in the European Union.".

    The foreign minister indicated that "Iraq will discuss the issue of immigration at the level of the European Union during its next visit to Brussels.".

    He expressed his "thanks to the Austrian minister on the occasion of reopening the Austrian embassy in Baghdad," presenting an official invitation to Minister Schellenberg to "visit Baghdad, accompanied by businessmen and investors, to conduct dialogues with their Iraqi counterparts.".

    He touched on "the issue of forming the new Iraqi government," stressing that it "has won the confidence of a strong coalition in the Iraqi parliament and that it seeks to rebuild the infrastructure and the economy and present the draft general budget during the next few weeks.".

    Hussein pointed out, according to the statement, to "the presence of financial strength in Iraq as a result of the rise in global oil prices," stressing that "the security situation in Iraq is good despite the existence of some cells of ISIS terrorist gangs, but they do not pose a threat, taking into account that their presence in the camps inside Syrian territory.

    He stressed, "There is concern about the release of ISIS leaders and their crossing into Iraqi territory.".

    For his part, Austrian Minister Schallenberg explained that: "His country expects an increase in the number of refugees during the current year," referring to "his country's desire to conclude an agreement in this regard with Iraq."