French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told
Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi during the former's visit to Iraq that
President Emmanuel Macron plans to visit Baghdad. The French FM did not specify
a date for the presidential visit.
Le Drian expressed Paris's desire to strengthen relations between the two countries, the media office of the Iraqi Prime Minister said.
During a meeting with Abdul Mahdi in Baghdad, Le Drian said that Macron's expected visit comes to reaffirm support and develop friendly relations, cooperation and partnership between the two countries.
"We came to declare our full support for Iraq and its government, and to express France's will to expand relations with Iraq," Le Drian said, affirming that "France will go forward with the partnership and cooperation with Iraq and support of the Iraqi government which leads Iraq successfully."
"Iraq has become a key player in stability, and its policy is based on keeping away from conflicts and preserving its sovereignty and national decision," he said.
For his part, Abdul Mahdi thanked France for its position on the cancellation of debts Iraq owes to the Paris Club.
Abdul Mahdi affirmed the importance of bilateral relations between the two countries, highlighting France's "strong and special role."
He said that Iraq looks forward to receiving greater contribution from France and getting more cooperation with France in the fields of economy, services, culture and education, in continuation of France's support to Iraq in its war against ISIS.