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Raab vows UK support for Iraq in fight against terrorism during Baghdad visit

June 08, 2021
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has reiterated the United Kingdom’s commitment to supporting Iraq in its fight against terrorism as the two countries agreed to forge a strategic partnership. — Courtesy file photo
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has reiterated the United Kingdom’s commitment to supporting Iraq in its fight against terrorism as the two countries agreed to forge a strategic partnership. — Courtesy file photo

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH —
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has reiterated the United Kingdom’s commitment to supporting Iraq in its fight against terrorism as the two countries agreed to forge a strategic partnership.

The UK foreign secretary, who was on an official visit to Iraq on Tuesday, met with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, President Barham Salih, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and other high-ranking officials.

He also met with commanders from the Global Coalition against Daesh (the so-called IS) in which the UK is a leading member.

During his meeting with the Iraqi leaders, Raab discussed the UK’s £17 million ($24 million) contribution to battle COVID-19 in Iraq and UK support for Baghdad’s ambitious and much-needed economic reform plans.

Commenting on his visit to Iraq, 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 (nearly $1.42 million) 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,” he added.


June 08, 2021
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