Leaders meet on sidelines of UNGA

Iraq and the Netherlands discuss cooperation in agriculture and water management

BAGHDAD, September 23 — Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa’ Al-Sudani held discussions on Friday with his Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, on the sidelines of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

According to a statement from Al-Sudani’s office, the meeting focused on various aspects of cooperation between the two nations, as well as ways to enhance economic partnership to serve the interests of both the Iraqi and Dutch people.

During the meeting, the leaders also discussed the establishment of a bilateral council to collaborate in the fields of agriculture, water management, and water resources. The Iraqi side also expressed a desire to benefit from Dutch experiences in addressing the effects of climate change and renewable energy.

Prime Minister Al-Sudani commended the Netherlands’ support for Iraq in its fight against ISIS within the framework of the international coalition against terrorism and the NATO mission. He emphasized the importance of the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed between Iraq and the European Union.

Prime Minister Rutte expressed the Netherlands’ desire to strengthen cooperation between the two countries and invited Prime Minister Al-Sudani to visit Amsterdam for further discussions and consultations in various areas of potential cooperation.