Prince Faisal bin Farhan stressed that the ties between the two countries are historical and solid
His Highness Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in a speech during the Baghdad Summit for Cooperation and Partnership yesterday, Saturday, that “the ties between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Iraq are historical,” noting that there is a great development today in Iraq.
He added, “We support Iraq and continue to support the security and stability of Iraq to achieve common interests, and intensify cooperation in the fields of energy, electrical connectivity, and the development of border crossings.”
Al-Hajraf: GCC leaders support Iraq in all fields
He said: “The Kingdom supports the Iraqi government and the pursuit of security and stability and the fight against terrorism, and we will continue to confront the danger of extremism and terrorism, confront the terrorist organization ISIS, and control uncontrolled weapons.”
He continued, “We continue to coordinate with Iraq to confront the threat of terrorism and extremism, and we look forward to working with our brothers in Iraq to achieve peaceful coexistence and that Iraq is capable of achieving prosperity and we will support Iraq.” For his part, the spokesman for the Iraqi Council of Ministers, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr.
He said: “Iraq and the Kingdom are between them a historical and social extension, which is a natural matter that we return to, strengthen and support, and we are happy with this special relationship with the brothers in the Kingdom.”
He pointed out that the Iraqi government succeeded in bringing together the regional neighbors, as well as the actors in the region, in order to make the summit a success and support the stability of the region at all levels. In turn, the Secretary-General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, said in his speech during the Baghdad Summit for Cooperation and Partnership Saturday: “Iraq fought an honorable war against terrorism and withstood the battle, and today we tell it that it must reap the fruits of development after it made enormous sacrifices.” He added that Iraq “seeks to open areas for cooperation, and what we want is to achieve stability for Iraq.” He added that «Iraq seeks to build new relations with the countries of the region and the region». He said: “We must respect sovereignty and not interfere in the affairs of states, and that Iraq should be a bridge of communication and not an arena for conflict.”
“We must erase the word sectarianism from the region, expand the policy of good-neighbourliness, combat terrorism, defeat it, and fight it, whatever its color,” he added. For his part, the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Nayef Al-Hajraf, said in his speech before the Baghdad Summit for Cooperation and Partnership, “Our relationship with Iraq is based on establishing strategic relations to achieve common goals, and that the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council support Iraq in all fields and give special priority to joint work with it and strengthening strategic partnership. He added, “Our relations with Iraq come within the constants, and we are working to implement the electrical linkage project with Iraq, and to organize an investment conference in Iraq. We look forward to strengthening relations with Iraq.”
He said: “We must confront the phenomenon of extremism and terrorism, dry up the sources of terrorism, establish strategic relations, protect the integrity and Arab identity of Iraq, support the constitutional process, support prosperity, face challenges, strengthen state sovereignty and combat terrorism.”
For his part, Suhail bin Faraj, UAE Minister of Energy, said in his speech to the conference that “this conference is an important step that reflects the region’s interest in Iraq, and it is a brave initiative to achieve prosperity and stability for Iraq.”
He added, “The UAE supports Iraq in its steps to achieve prosperity and face challenges, and that a unified Iraq is the realization of the pillars of regional peace, and we believe in positive relations and resolving disputes by peaceful means, and we view this conference as important to achieving peace.” He said, “We will spare no effort to support Iraq and stand by it to face challenges.”
1 Iraq has been in the heart of the Gulf states over time (AFP)