Baghdad - INA
President Barham Salih received at the Peace Palace in Baghdad Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his accompanying delegation.
Salih stressed that the development and progress of relations between the two countries contribute to enhancing the horizons of joint cooperation in the interest of the two friendly peoples, noting that Iraq is keen to establish effective and expanded relations with Italy and the European Union in general.He noted that Iraq has taken a course of openness in its Arab, regional and international relations after it has achieved victory over terrorism.
The President paid tribute to Italy's participation in the international coalition against terrorism and its support for the Iraqi security forces and their contribution to many service projects.
For his part, the Italian Prime Minister reiterated his country's support for efforts to combat terrorism and its serious desire to enhance bilateral cooperation. He expressed his happiness to visit Iraq and praised the stability situation in the country.
The President also held a luncheon in honor of the Italian Prime Minister, attended by the Prime Minister Dr. Adel Abdul Mahdi and the President of the Federal Court Judge Medhat Al Mahmoud.
Saleh Abdullah, Minister of Industry and Minerals, opened a factory of asphalt coatings in Anbar province, which is considred the first industrial project there after liberating the province, INA's correspondent said.