Meeting between Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs H.E. Mr. Shunichi Suzuki and His Excellency Dr. Haider Al Abadi, Chairman of Finance Committee of the Iraqi Council of Representatives

September 13, 2013
Japanese

  1. On Friday, September 13, from 10:45 a.m. for about 30 minutes, H.E. Mr. Shunichi Suzuki, Parliamentary Senior Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with H.E. Dr. Haider Al Abadi, Chairman of Finance Committee of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, who is currently visiting Japan upon the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows:

    1. Welcoming the visit of H.E. Dr. Al Abadi, Mr. Suzuki mentioned that Japan will continue to support the efforts of the Government of Iraq and its people to achieve further progress in national reconciliation and the political and democratic process at the time in which Iraq is still working on various domestic issues.
    H.E. Dr. Al Abadi remarked that he appreciates generous support by the Government of Japan and hopes to promote bilateral relationships between the two countries through high-level exchanges.

    2. Mr. Suzuki mentioned that Japan have fulfilled its pledge to provide Iraq with up to 5 billion dollars assistance at the International Conference on Reconstruction in Iraq in Madrid in 2003, and expressed his hope that Japan’s assistance will steadily bring results and contribute to further development of the Iraqi society and economy. Mr. Suzuki also referred to a keen interest shown by Japanese companies in the abundant business opportunities in Iraq’s energy and infrastructure fields, adding that the Government of Japan will continue to assist the expansion of the activities of the Japanese companies in Iraq.
    H.E. Dr. Al Abadi remarked that he hopes that Japanese companies will expand their business in Iraq and their success in Iraq’s energy and infrastructure fields.

    3. In addition, both sides discussed ways to expand bilateral relationship in the fields of politics, culture and education, as well as issues related to the Iraqi domestic situations and regional issues including the Syrian crisis.

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(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)