The EU and Iraq held their first Political Dialogue under their Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, this week in Brussels. The two delegations were headed by EEAS Secretary-General Helga-Maria Schmid and by Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister, Abdel Karim Hashem Mostafa.
The meeting focused on bilateral relations, the situation in Iraq and in the wider Middle East region. It followed the extraordinary Foreign Affairs Council of 10 January 2020, where EU High Representative Josep Borrell was tasked with intensifying diplomatic efforts with all parties to contribute to de-escalation in the region, support political dialogue and promote a regional solution.
During the meeting, both parties emphasised the need to work jointly to defuse tensions and avoid further escalation in the current context.
Secretary-General H. Schmid underlined the EU's continued support for the stability and prosperity of Iraq and the importance of ensuring the continuity of the work of the anti-Da’esh Coalition in close partnership with the Iraqi authorities.
Both sides stressed their commitment to deepen the EU-Iraq partnership including through the implementation of the EU-Iraq Partnership and Cooperation Agreement.