Ramon Blecua, EU Ambassador to Iraq, delivered today the copies of the credential letters to the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari.
The EU Ambassador transmitted the greetings of High Representative/Vice President Mogherini and commended the Iraqi Government for is successes in the fight against Da'esh and its efforts for national reconciliation and economic reform.
The EU had sent a clear message in support of Iraq's sovereignty and territorial integrity, offering to assist the SGSR , if needed, for negotiations between KRG and Government of Iraq to be conducted within the framework of the Constitution. The EU would increase its engagement with Iraq in the future in support of better Governance, more effective management of resources and inclusive economic development.
Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari praised the EU for its capacity to transform the European continent from a continent of war to a continent of peace - which serves as an inspiration for this region - and thanked High Representative/Vice President Mogherini personal engagement to find solutions for regional crisis .
Both sides hoped for the entry into force of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement to open a new page of successful political dialogue and fruitful cooperation in the years to come, for the benefit of Iraq and all its people.