Prime Minister Najib Mikati met his Iraqi counterpart, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, shortly after his arrival in Baghdad this afternoon, on an official visit for several hours, during which two meetings were held with the Prime Minister of Iraq.
The two sides affirmed “the strength of relations between Lebanon and Iraq and the need to strengthen them at all levels, in a way that meets the aspirations of the Lebanese and Iraqi peoples and the historical course of the relations of the two countries.”
For his part, Mikati expressed “Lebanon’s thanks to the Iraqi government, people, and religious authorities for their constant support, especially in the difficult times that followed the explosion of the port of Beirut.”
He also thanked his Iraqi counterpart for “providing Lebanon with assistance, especially with regard to oil derivatives that are sent to Lebanon on a monthly basis,” requesting an increase in their quantities “in order to help improve the electrical supply situation.”
In turn, Al-Kazemi stressed that Iraq will not spare any effort to support Lebanon in overcoming the difficult conditions it is going through.
The research dealt with the situation in the region and the file of Lebanese-Iraqi relations and bilateral cooperation, and it was stressed that the visit should be an entry point to strengthening and developing Lebanese-Arab relations.
The possibility of resuming the transfer of Iraqi oil from Kirkuk to the Al-Badawi refinery in Tripoli and the difficulties that prevent this in the near term, in addition to the issue of classifying agricultural and industrial products in the Iraqi markets, and the tourism and hospital cooperation between the two countries were also discussed.
The two parties agreed that the Minister of Energy and Water, Walid Fayyad, would visit Baghdad next week to complete the agreement related to increasing the amount of Iraqi oil derivatives sent to Lebanon.
It was also agreed to form a joint high committee between the two countries headed by the two deputy heads of government and with the membership of the ministers of health, finance, industry, agriculture and tourism, entrusted with researching all files of cooperation and facilitating the movement of passengers and goods and studying the possibility of canceling visas between the two countries, provided that the committee begins its meetings as soon as possible.
He had participated in the talks, which were held at the government palace, on the Lebanese side, the Director General of Public Security, Major General Abbas Ibrahim, and Lebanon’s Ambassador to Iraq Ali Al-Habhab, and on the Iraqi side, Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar, and Director of the Prime Minister’s Office, Judge Raed Jouhi.
LebanonIraqoilMustafa Al-KazemiNajib Mikati