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Wang Yi Holds Talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari

On February 23, 2014, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari in Baghdad.

Wang Yi said that Iraq is China's trustworthy and important partner in the Middle East. After the birth of the new Iraq, the bilateral relationship has grown closer and closer, and cooperation in various fields has produced remarkable achievements. China always regards and promotes the development of China-Iraq relationship from a strategic height, and is willing to strengthen high-level exchanges with the Iraqi side, continue to firmly support Iraq in promoting the political transition process, and actively participate in Iraq’s economic reconstruction in various fields.

Wang Yi proposed that both sides strengthen cooperation in the following fields to push bilateral relations to continue to move forward:

——Use mutual political trust as the foundation and continue to firmly support each other on mutual core interests. China firmly supports the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq and supports the Iraqi government to promote political reconciliation and maintain national stability.

——Use energy cooperation as the backbone to promote pragmatic cooperation in all areas. China continues to support Iraq’s efforts in advancing economic reconstruction, expand bilateral cooperation in the field of energy, and encourage Chinese enterprises to participate in the infrastructure construction in Iraq.

——Focus on capacity building and people-to-people and cultural exchanges to consolidate China-Iraq friendly social basis. China will continue to provide the personnel training support for Iraq, and the two sides will actively promote the bilateral exchanges on culture and tourism.

——Take the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation as an opportunity to upgrade the level of cooperation between China and the Arab countries as a whole. Well hold the 6th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, and jointly discuss and plan the key development directions and areas of China-Iraq cooperation in the next decade.

——Use the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road as cooperation platform to realize common development. Strengthen mutual connectivity and jointly promote trade liberalization and investment facilitation to complement each other's advantages in resources, technology, market and others.

Hoshyar Zebari said he completely agreed with the proposal put forward by Wang Yi. He said that the Iraqi people have profound friendly feelings towards the Chinese people, and China's support and help is of great importance for Iraq to advance the political and economic reconstruction. In recent years, bilateral relations have developed rapidly, bilateral trade has witnessed rapid growth, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges have become increasingly active. The Iraqi side is looking forward to expanding cooperation with China in various fields and deepening bilateral friendly relations. Iraq welcomes the Chinese enterprises investing in Iraq and widely participating in Iraq’s economic reconstruction. Iraq will provide conveniences for the Chinese enterprises. The Iraqi side reaffirmed its adherence to the One China policy and its firm support to China on issues concerning China's core interests and major concerns.

The two sides also had an in-depth exchange of views on the Syria, Iran nuclear, and other regional hot-spot issues.

After the talks, the two foreign ministers jointly met with Chinese and foreign reporters.

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