Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein called on Austria to reopen its embassy in Baghdad.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein met with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg in the capital, Vienna; To discuss ways to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries. The two sides also reviewed all developments throughout the region, and the need to intensify dialogue, efforts, and cooperation. To eliminate terrorism and restore security and stability to the region.
The statement added, “They also discussed Iraq’s active role in bringing the views of regional neighbors closer to resolving some problems of common interest, and moving from the stage of disagreements to the stage of economic cooperation and partnerships in a way that serves security and stability in Iraq and the region, and they also touched upon the efforts of the Iraqi government and its quiet diplomacy in holding a conference.” Baghdad for Cooperation and Partnership, which was held on 08/28/2021, in which the participants emphasized support for Iraq politically, economically, and securityly, and non-interference in its internal affairs.
“The Austrian minister appreciated the important and leading role of Iraqi diplomacy in the region and the importance of continuing this role for security and joint work in the region. He stressed that Austria, as well as within the European Union, strongly supports this role,” according to the statement.
Hussein stressed that “Iraq’s foreign policy is based on balance in its relations with its external environment, and Iraq was able to establish a platform and tools for dialogue, and Baghdad has turned into a center for communication and positive interaction,” noting that “the government is making all efforts to develop the economy and multiply financial resources through revitalizing the agricultural sectors.” industry and tourism.
The two sides also discussed holding the upcoming Iraqi elections under international and European monitoring, and the need for cooperation and exchange of experiences in the security field to confront ISIS terrorist cells in Iraq. They also discussed the issue of immigration and Iraqi immigrants and the Iraqi government’s measures in this aspect.
Hussein, expressed Iraq’s keenness on bilateral cooperation for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries, in addition to strengthening coordination mechanisms and political consultation on regional and international issues of common concern, and the resumption of the meetings of the Iraqi-Austrian Joint Committee as a framework for activating bilateral cooperation between Baghdad and Vienna.
The Iraqi foreign minister called for the reopening of the Austrian embassy in Baghdad.
For his part, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg expressed his country’s aspiration to strengthen bilateral relations with Iraq and achieve a qualitative leap in cooperation between the two countries, expressing his country’s readiness to support Iraq in achieving security, stability and reconstruction.