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EU to sign first Joint Political Declaration with Iraq

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Brussels, Sept 20, IRNA
The European Union and Iraq will sign a joint political declaration on Wednesday in the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York.

The European Commission in a statement Tuesday noted that this will be a significant milestone in the development of EU-Iraq relations and will set the framework for a comprehensive dialogue covering a wide range of political issues.

The Commissioner for External Relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, hailed the new declaration, saying: "The signing of this declaration will be a major step towards closer partnership between Europe and Iraq."
"It will pave the way for a Co-operation Agreement between us to cover a wide range of trade and development issues."
The Commissioner said that in her recent meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Zebari in New York, she confirmed that preparations are under way for the opening of a Commission Delegation office in Baghdad.

The Political Declaration, to be signed Wednesday, contains the following elements:
- a statement that Iraq and EU share the same goal of a secure, stable, unified, prosperous and democratic Iraq, where human rights are protected;
- a joint commitment to hold a political dialogue in areas of mutual interest at ministerial and senior official level;
- an agreement that the new political dialogue will cover EU support to the political transition process; promotion of good governance; protection of human rights; rule of law and democracy; non-proliferation and counter-terrorism; conflict prevention and resolution; as well as cultural issues.


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