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France’s Macron to visit Iraq, Lebanon in Feb. 2019

Emmanuel Macron
French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Iraq and Lebanon next February, French daily Le Figaro reported.

Macron is set to discuss the reconstruction of Iraq and the role of Iran-affiliated Hezbollah in regional crises with his counterparts in Beirut and Baghdad.

French and Arab diplomatic sources said Macron will travel from February 11 to 14 on an official visit to Lebanon and Iraq.

This will be his first trip to the Levant since his election as President of the Republic in May 2017.

In Iraq, France participated as part of an international military coalition in the battle led by the government of former Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi against ISIS.

Macron will also be discussing the fate of French jihadists and their wives, imprisoned in Iraq, some of whom have been sentenced to death.

On Oct. 20, Macron congratulated Adil Abdul-Mahdi on his election as prime minister-designate and wished him success in his work to form the new Iraqi government and present a cabinet to address issues plaguing the war-torn nation.