Specialists: Al-Sudani's meetings in the Netherlands and Germany demonstrated Iraq's desire to end the international coalition's mission

  • 17-02-2024, 21:58
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    Baghdad - INA

    At an important time, which falls within the government’s efforts to move relations with the countries belonging to the international coalition from the military and security side to expanding the scope of investment and economic cooperation, the visits of Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani came to the Netherlands and Germany, while officials confirmed that there is international understanding of Iraq’s desire to end the presence Alliance representatives affirmed their support for the government movement aimed at expanding relations with brotherly and friendly countries, while economists saw that there are elements that help achieve this goal, given that Mesopotamia possesses promising investment opportunities in the fields of industry and agriculture.

    22 meetings in Munich stress the transition to strategic partnerships.

    The director of the Prime Minister’s Media Office, Rabie Nader, confirmed in a blog post on the (X) website, followed by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that “the Prime Minister held more than 22 meetings in Munich in just two days, and the Iraqi speech "He was frank on issues of sovereignty, security and serious economic partnerships.".

    He added, "There was great international understanding of Iraq's desire to move the relationship with the international coalition countries from security to strategic partnerships and in various fields, and the messages were clear that Iraq's security is necessary for the security of the region, and that a stable Iraq is in everyone's interest and is a meeting point and refuses to be an arena for settling scores.".

    Scheduling the coalition’s withdrawal and expanding economic cooperation.

    Economic expert Safwan Qusay confirmed in his speech to the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that “the Prime Minister’s visits to European countries can be said to be in the interest of expanding economic cooperation relations and openness to countries that own companies and investors capable of implementing promising investments in Iraq, especially since the tripartite budget provided guarantees.” Sovereignty for investors encourages them to enter Iraq.”.

    He added, "Iraq has important opportunities in the field of sustainable industries such as sulfur, cement, and phosphate, and there are no opportunities with guarantees like those in Iraq. It also needs to expand economic cooperation relations to achieve the desired diversification in the economy and reduce dependence on oil for its imports.".

    He continued, "Dutch companies have experience in the field of agricultural investment and supporting this sector with modern technology, as there are 48 million dunams suitable for agriculture in Iraq, and the exploited amount does not exceed 5 million. These investments can rationalize the use of water and raise the productivity of one dunam, and the Netherlands has extensive experience in this field.".

    In turn, political analyst Juma Al-Atwani indicated in his speech to the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that “there is a determination by the Prime Minister to expand and improve Iraq’s relations with brotherly and friendly countries, which is the goal set by his repeated visits and tours.

     He also focuses on the importance of ending the presence of the international coalition in Iraq, but without creating a rift with the countries affiliated with it, as there is nothing wrong with continuing support in the aspects of training and armament, but without a military presence on Iraqi soil.”.

    He added, "Relations with friendly countries are not governed only by the security aspect, and the land of Iraq is promising for investment opportunities in the fields of industry and agriculture, as well as there are great opportunities for economic and commercial cooperation."

    The Prime Minister’s Advisor for Political Affairs, Sabhan Al-Mullah Jiyad, said in his speech to the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “The Prime Minister’s visits to the Netherlands and then to Germany, members of the international coalition against ISIS, gain special importance because they fall within the government’s movement to transition the relationship with the International Alliance changes from the military situation to bilateral cooperation relations in the fields of politics and economics within a transitional phase that exploits relations with friendly countries to expand the frameworks of relations in various fields."

    He added, "The government's position confirms that the Iraqi forces are able to fully perform their tasks in light of the receding threat of terrorism and that they no longer need military aid from any party, including the international coalition. On the basis of this, the government wants a schedule for the coalition's withdrawal to coincide with an expansion of the frameworks of cooperation with the countries affiliated with it far from the security and military aspects.”

    Parliament welcomed the government's movement

    Representatives welcomed the government's diplomatic movement, which was translated into meetings with kings and leaders of countries for the Prime Minister during his visit to the Netherlands and his participation in the Munich Security Summit.

    Representative Hussein Arab told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “The Prime Minister’s visit to the Netherlands is strategic and important in the long term, especially since the Netherlands has a lot of experience in agriculture and water, and Iraq needs this expertise in legalizing the use of water and introducing modern technologies in agriculture and irrigation.”

    He added, "The visit is a reassurance factor for major European companies, given that the highest executive authority is making a visit that expresses the government's desire and seriousness to develop the agricultural and economic sectors in Iraq."

    In turn, Representative Hussein Habib told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “The Prime Minister’s foreign visits contribute to strengthening Iraq’s position in the international community, and strengthening bilateral relations with the countries and peoples of the world, which are built on the basis of mutual benefit.”.

    He added, “The files that the Prime Minister is discussing The ministers' visit to the Netherlands could bring "beneficial fruits" to Iraq, especially since the visit's agenda is of special importance.

    He continued, "Iraq has become a promising field that has all the ingredients for progress, and its people are eager for development and progress. We support openness and the government's endeavor to consolidate important partnerships in various development fields.".

    He pointed out, "Foreign visits contribute to eliminating the role of intermediary companies between Iraq and major companies, and they are considered important and have an effective impact on the completion of projects, providing a fertile investment environment, and an attraction factor for international companies.".