Iraq’s Kadhimi begins official visit to France, Britain and Germany

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi departs Baghdad for visits to France, Germany and Britain, October 18, 2020.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi departed Baghdad on Sunday for visits to France, Germany and Britain, his office said.

Kadhimi accompanied by a high-level government delegation would first visit France where he would meet senior French officials including President Emmanuel Macron.

The Iraqi prime minister “will hold several meetings with senior officials in these three countries,” his press office said in a statement.

Kadhimi will discuss with the officials ways to enhance joint cooperation between Iraq and their countries in various fields, especially economic, security and health fields, the statement read.

The Germany Embassy in Baghdad said in a tweet that Kadhimi would meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative in Baghdad Faris Issa told Esta Media Network that no Kurdish officials were with Kadhimi in his visit to the European countries.

“Kadhimi’s visit is a central government’s trip and I am not aware if any delegation from the Region goes with him to Europe,” Issa said.

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