Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean onThursday said, at a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari, that between Romanian and Iraqi cities and regions were signed up to present three twinning agreements, and six other are under negotiation.
The Romanian Foreign Minister said that the visit to Bucharest of his Iraqi counterpart represents “an important moment for the bilateral relations, because in 2013 we celebrate 55 years of diplomatic relations between Romania and the Republic of Iraq.”
Titus Corlatean expressed his hope for the “traditional cooperation with our Iraqi friends” to continue.
The two officials discussed the issue of encouraging the Romanian and Iraqi companies to use the “existing opportunities”.
“We agreed to support together the organization during this fall, possibly in November, of a new round of the Joint Intergovernmental Economic Commission in Bucharest,” said Corlatean, adding that there is interest to promote some joint projects of cooperation in various fields, such as transport, agriculture, infrastructure, civil and industrial constructions, energy, IT and communications, education and transfer of expertise.
The chief of the Romanian diplomacy sent a “clear message of support for the efforts of the Iraqi authorities and for their democratization commitment” to the Iraqi counterpart, stressing that Romania has contributed to the training of Iraqi judges, prosecutors and police officers.
During the meeting there were also discussed issues that are currently on the international agenda, focusing on Syria, the peace process in the Middle East, Iran and Egypt.
In his turn, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshyar Zebari, has advised the Romanian businessmen not to take seriously the headlines in the media that are announcing on a daily basis bombings in Iraq and invited them to invest in Iraq.
The diplomacy chief from Baghdad stressed Romania’s role in the reconstruction of his country, saying that Bucharest was “from the very beginning a strong supporter of the new Iraq.”