His Eminence the Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Parliament, Dr. Bashir Khalil Al-Haddad, received today, Wednesday, 2/6/2021, the new Turkish ambassador to Baghdad, Mr. Ali Reza Günay. During the meeting, which was attended by Deputy Dr. Dhafer Al-Ani, Chairman of the Iraqi-Turkish Friendship Committee, and Deputy Muhammad Amin Fares, Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Water and Marshlands, they discussed issues and topics of common interest, foremost of which are ways to enhance prospects for cooperation and develop bilateral relations to serve the common interests between the two neighboring countries.
The Deputy Speaker of the Council offered congratulations and blessings to His Excellency the Ambassador on the occasion of assuming the duties of his new job, wishing him a pleasant stay and success in carrying out his work. Al-Haddad pointed to the importance of addressing the water file, securing Iraq’s share of water, and activating agreements and treaties between the two sides, especially there are historical relations between Iraq and Turkey and common cultural, historical, and religious ties between the two peoples. Iraq looks forward to strengthening those relations at all levels, encouraging investment for Turkish companies, benefiting from experiences in the reconstruction of the liberated areas and southern Iraq, and activating the work of the Supreme Council for Strategic Cooperation.
The two sides also discussed the issue of military operations in the border areas and the need to protect civilians and the issue of razing the lands and cutting down trees in border villages.
The Turkish ambassador, for his part, expressed his happiness with this meeting to discuss important files and issues between the two countries, while conveying the greetings of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stressing his country’s keenness to strengthen bilateral relations and the readiness of the Turkish government to raise the level of cooperation in the economic and security field to enhance stability in Iraq and address files between The sides, including the water file.
Media Office of the Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives
Wednesday 2 June 2021