Hoping for diverse bilateral relations

Iraqi PM informs British Foreign Secretary of plans to end International Coalition presence

BAGHDAD — Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani informed British Foreign Secretary David Cameron on Friday of Iraq’s efforts to organize cooperation with the international coalition and to end its presence in the country, transitioning to a phase of diverse bilateral relations.

Official statement:

Prime Minister Mohammed S. Al-Sudani met with the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Mr. David Cameron, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference 2024.

During the meeting, they discussed the bilateral relations between the Republic of Iraq and the United Kingdom, emphasizing the importance of enhancing and strengthening them across all sectors to serve the mutual interests of both nations. Prime Minister Al-Sudani highlighted Iraq’s current status as a promising hub for investments and economic activities, expressing that the country welcomes British companies to explore investment opportunities.

The Prime Minister affirmed the government’s intention to reorganize the relationship with the international coalition, transitioning towards concluding its presence in Iraq and fostering individual bilateral relationships with member states of the coalition.

Prime Minister Al-Sudani emphasized the imperative for major countries to fulfill their responsibility in halting the ongoing conflict in Gaza, safeguarding regional and global security, and ensuring the protection of civilians. He stressed the urgent need for humanitarian aid to address the extensive devastation caused by the occupation forces in the Gaza Strip.

For his part, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom expressed his country’s eagerness to broaden its ties with Iraq for mutual benefit. He underscored that these relations should extend beyond the security sector, which primarily involves Britain’s participation in the coalition. Instead, the UK aspires to establish diverse partnerships with Iraq, particularly in economic and developmental spheres.

Media Office of the Prime Minister
February 16, 2024

PM and president discuss international coalition presence

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