Saturday, November 27

Fouad Hussein: Iraqis in Sweden constitute 2% and play an important economic and social role

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein affirmed today, Monday, during a joint press conference in Baghdad with his Swedish counterpart, Anne Linde, that his country is looking forward to distinguished and important relations with Sweden, pointing out that Iraqis constitute 2% of Swedish society.

The minister stated that the Iraqi-Swedish relations are old and important, and are not related to political support and joint work in international issues and trade and economic cooperation, but rather include community relations.

He added that Sweden has carried out great humanitarian work in Iraq since 1991 until now, as well as its support in the fight against the Islamic State.

Regarding the discussions that took place today, the minister explained that they dealt with the process of the Iraqi parliamentary elections and their results, and the issue of Iraqis seeking asylum in Europe in general, and to Sweden in particular, and working to develop understandings in this direction.

For her part, the Swedish Foreign Minister expressed her happiness for visiting Iraq, and affirmed the aspiration for more joint cooperation in the future, and a commitment to combating violence against women and journalists.

In her speech, she condemned the “terrorist attacks that took place at the home of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi.”

She said that Sweden has provided Iraq with 200 million euros in aid over the past years, and is working with the Iraqi government to solve the Iraqi migrant crisis at the Belarusian border.

It is expected that Lindy will meet later in the day with Iraqi President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi, as well as a visit to the Kurdistan region.

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