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H.E. Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi receives his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison






December-19- 2018


His Excellency Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi received today afternoon Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his accompanying delegation, His Excellency officially received his Australian counterpart, while the national anthem for Australia and Iraq played with honorable guard's show.

During the joint official talks, they reviewed the development of bilateral between the two countries and nations, means of strengthening mutual relations in the economic, trade, agricultural and cultural fields, while Iraqi government is going to rebuild after the success of Iraq in liberating its lands from Daesh, discussing the situation in the region, confronting terrorism, Iraq's vital role in its region, its good relations with all its neighbors, its Arab and regional.

His Excellency welcomed his Australian counterpart and his accompanying delegation, expressed his Excellency commend for Australia's support to Iraq in the war on terrorism and its support in defeating Daesh, Pointing out that the sacrifices of Iraqis in the war on Daesh was very massive, expensive and these people must harvest the fruits of patience and sacrifices in coexistence, stability, and reconstruction.

His Excellency said in the joint press briefing that followed the round of talks:
We look forward to continuing Australia's stand with, expanding cooperation to all sectors, enhancing the bilateral, while we hope wide participation for businessmen and Australian companies in Iraq's Reconstruction and creating job opportunities, confirming that Iraq is a religiously diverse country, national and intellectual diversity is a source of strength and we look to all Iraqis on the basis of citizenship and national identity, The Iraqi democratic experience is unique in the region which has resulted from numerous elections and the peaceful circulation of power, we are keen to establish the best relations with our neighbors, our surroundings and all the countries of the World, we do not accept our country to be a place for terrorism or a path for attacking any other country.

For his part, Australian Prime Minister expressed his happiness to visit Iraq and for what the country witnessed in the stability and development, Once again congratulating His Excellency Prime Minister for primer of the cabinet, underscoring that Australia is a friend of Iraq and has always been supportive of its efforts to fight terrorism, It will continue this support in all fields and that our visit today reflects the depth of relations between our two countries, commended the victory of the Iraqi people over Daesh, vision of His Excellency Prime Minister in the Reconstruction of Iraq, the unification, development, the government's efforts to develop the economy and creating jobs.

The Australian Prime Minister expressed readiness to start a new phase of cooperation to meet Iraq's needs in economic development, construction, reconstruction, training, and humanitarian assistance.

Media office of the prime minister
December-19- 2018