European Union foreign policy official Josep Borrell revealed the bloc’s plan to organize a ministerial-level meeting with Iraq’s participation in the first half of next year.
This came during his speech at the opening of the second edition of the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership held in Jordan.
He said that the European Union is a “true friend” of Iraq and is ready to support it in carrying out comprehensive reforms.
He announced a plan for a ministerial-level meeting between the EU and Iraq in the first half of 2023.
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He added, “A democratic, secure and prosperous Iraq is essential for the region, Europe and the world at large.”
Borrell stressed the need for everyone to respect the “sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Iraq.
He emphasized that “Iraq cannot be a proxy battlefield.”
Twelve countries are participating in the conference, namely Iraq, Jordan, the host of the conference, France the host, Turkey, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain and Iran.
The conference aims to help Iraq provide security, stability and prosperity, and discusses other pivotal files, the region and the region at the fore.
The first edition of the conference was held in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, in August 2021.