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Raab meets Iraqi leaders, signs UK-Iraq Strategic Partnership pact

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. Photo: UK government

London, June 9 (MNN) British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has met with Iraqi leaders during his visit to the country, apart from signing a UK-Iraq Strategic Partnership pact, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said on Wednesday.

Raab met with Prime Minister Kadhimi, President Salih, Foreign Minister Hussein and other high-ranking officials in the Iraqi government.

He also met commanders from the Global Coalition against Daesh in which the UK is a leading member and from NATO.

The UK Secretary underscored the UK’s support to the country’s efforts in tackling Daesh.

In addition, he discussed the UK’s 17 million pound contribution to battle Covid-19 in Iraq and UK support for Iraq’s ambitious and much-needed economic reform plans, building the UK’s launch of the inaugural Iraq Economic Contact Group on October 21.

Raab said: “The UK will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the government of Iraq as it works to rebuild from Daesh, make progress on reform, and deliver a more peaceful and hopeful future for its citizens. I am pleased we were able to sign the UK-Iraq strategic partnership today to further deepen and strengthen our friendship.”

The UK will provide 1 million pounds of UK aid to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq ahead of the upcoming elections to help ensure a free and fair process for the Iraqi people.

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