Statement by Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone, Minister for Foreign Affairs,on Iraq’s Approval of Agreements with the United States
November 27, 2008
- The Government of Japan welcomes the approval by the Iraqi Council of
Representatives on November 27 of bilateral agreements with the United States
that, among others, stipulate the U.S. military presence from next year,
expecting that the approval will contribute to the stability of Iraq. Japan
hopes that the Government of Iraq will continue to develop Iraq into a democratic
and stable nation, under the cooperation with the international community.
- Japan has actively contributed to the reconstruction of Iraq with the
dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces and through Official Development Assistance
(ODA) as the inseparable pair of Japan’s assistance.
- Japan will remain committed to assisting the reconstruction of Iraq and to strengthening the bilateral relations between Japan and Iraq and will continue to further strengthen the bilateral partnership between Japan and Iraq, through continuing assistances such as (1)implementing ODA loan projects, (2)technical cooperation (capacity building), and (3)strengthening economic and business relationship.
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