President Barham Salih welcomed on Wednesday King Felipe VI of
Spain in Al-Salam Palace in Baghdad, where the two leaders discussed the
discussed their efforts to prevail world peace.
The visit marks the first visit by a Spanish monarch in four decades.
During his meeting with the king and his accompanying delegation, Salih asserted Iraq’s keenness to develop it relations with the international community, and to enhance its regional position.
“The President praised the deepened historical relations between the two countries,” a statement released from the presidency said.
“Salih called on Spain to support Iraq’s reconstruction, especially the liberated areas from ISIS.”
On his side, King Felipe VI expressed his admiration to Iraqi people’s resistance and their sacrifices in the face of terrorism, asserting his country’s keenness to enhance its friendship with Baghdad.
Before meeting the President, the king, whose country is part of an international coalition battling ISIS, visited Spanish special forces.
Iraq in 2017 declared victory over ISIS following a bruising months-long campaign backed by the coalition, which continues to carry out operations against the extremists.