Sharm El-Sheikh, 9 November 2022 (TDI): Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq, Fouad Hussein met with the Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte in the Arab Republic of Egypt, on Tuesday.

The meeting was held on the fringes of the 27th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change aka COP27.

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During the meeting, they reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries, and ways to support them in a way that enhances common interests and confronts common risks.

Fouad Hussein highlighted the formation of a new government in Iraq and the policy of the government. He also stressed that this step will enhance the cooperation between both countries in all fields.

Most importantly, he also thanked the government of the Netherlands for their continuous support towards Iraq and hospitality towards Iraqi nationals living in the Netherlands.

For his part, the Dutch Prime Minister assured his country’s continued support for Iraq while congratulating the Iraqi people on the formation of the Iraqi government.

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The Dutch government is looking forward to expanding the common areas of work, and seeking to open new horizons for cooperation between our two countries in many fields, he added.

It is to be noted here that the Iraqi delegation has attended various meetings with the leader of Jordan, Tunisia, Lebanon, Armenia, Algeria, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on the sidelines of COP27.

Iraq-Netherlands Relations

The Netherlands and Iraq have a good history of relations spanning decades and continuing development between the two countries. For the Netherlands, Iraq is its main focal point in the Middle East.

The Netherlands contributes to the oil sector in Iraq also and has several companies that are investing in the Majnoon oil field.

Most importantly, the Netherlands has provided humanitarian assistance to the displaced persons by terrorist organizations, and to the migration of Iraqis to Europe.