Read to sign bilateral security deals with Iraq

Germany supports Iraq’s move to end International Coalition presence

BAGHDAD – German Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Tobias Lindner expressed his country’s support for the Iraqi government’s initiative to end the presence of the International Coalition’s troops on Iraqi soil.

During a meeting with Prime Minister Mohammed Shia Al-Sudani in Baghdad on Monday, Lindner stated Germany’s readiness to sign a bilateral military and security cooperation agreement with Iraq, according to a statement from Al-Sudani’s media office, obtained by 964media.

Al-Sudani emphasized the current stability and security in Iraq, noting “the enhanced capabilities” of Iraqi security forces, which “underline the progress in ending the presence of the International Coalition and transitioning to bilateral relations with member states, especially against the backdrop of defeating ISIS remnants.”

Al-Sudani also welcomed the participation of German companies in development projects and infrastructure construction in Iraq. He highlighted the government’s strides in expanding the investment environment and attracting global expertise, including anticipation of agreements with Siemens and other German firms for electricity generation from associated gas.

For his part, Lindner acknowledged the economic development and security improvements in Iraq, affirming Germany’s commitment to “activating the joint action plan” signed by Al-Sudani and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during the Prime Minister’s previous visit to Germany last year.

Both Lindner and Al-Sudani advocated for a permanent ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza’s residents.