The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed today, Monday, Switzerland's desire to reopen its embassy in Baghdad, and while it expected that the security improvement would lead to the reopening of other international missions, it revealed current forms of cooperation with the European Union, pointing out at the same time that the investment opportunities that Iraq enjoys will support the improvement of its relations regionally and internationally.
The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Strategic Affairs, Hisham Al-Alawi, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "The European Union is the largest partner for Iraq through its support for the process of democratic transformation and activating the performance of institutions and the security effort, as well as supporting the war against ISIS terrorist gangs and providing opportunities for higher education, in addition to support financial institutions.
Al-Alawi added, "This cooperation was translated through the partnership and cooperation agreement between the two countries, which was signed in 2012 and entered into force in 2018."
He pointed out that "the investment opportunities that Iraq enjoys require communication with regional and friendly countries to highlight it, which can be invested to develop bilateral relations commercially and economically and to strengthen diplomatic relations."
Al-Alawi stressed the move to intensify the diplomatic effort for Iraq to invest in Arab, regional and international openness during the period of the government of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia' al-Sudani," stressing that "the government is interested in developing Iraq's international relations, and there are main objectives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the government program that include strengthening relations with neighboring countries and the world at large, in addition to activating Iraq's presence in regional and global organizations and European Union countries.