Oil Minister Jabbar al-Allaibi announced on Thursday that Iraq and France signed the minutes of the meeting of the Iraqi-French committee, while the French side made a presentation of the most important investment projects and areas of cooperation which included several sectors.
“The work of the Iraqi-French committee, which was held in Baghdad in the presence of the French Minister of State for Foreign Trade (Jean-Baptiste Lumen), concluded today, and the minutes of the joint meeting were signed,” the ministry said in a statement.
The head of the Iraqi side, Oil Minister Jabbar Ali al-Luaibi, said that “during our meeting with the French minister and the accompanying delegation, France was keen to expand the horizons of cooperation and partnership between the two countries and our discussions with the French guest were fruitful and useful.”
Al-Allaibi added that “the meeting of the Iraqi-French committee on Thursday reviewed the most important areas of cooperation by representatives of ministries in this committee and the French side made a presentation of the most important investment projects and areas of cooperation, which included several sectors.”
The oil minister stressed “the importance of strengthening economic and trade relations between Iraq and France,” expressing his hope that “the next stage will witness great development and cooperation in all fields, including oil, industrial, agricultural, trade, transport, housing and others.”
For his part, the French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Jean-Baptiste Lumen, stressed the “desire of his country to strengthen bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and the Iraqi-French Committee is a step towards expanding the horizons of joint cooperation in the economic, industrial, agricultural, transportation, housing, technology and other sectors. Encourage and invite French companies to implement projects and invest in Iraq. “