Iraq's Foreign Minister
Mohamed al-Hakim has contacted his Emirati, Saudi and Egyptian counterparts, to
stress the keenness to develop bilateral relations between Iraq and each of the
UAE FM Abdullah Bin Zayed - US Department of State
Hakim phoned on
Tuesday evening Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the minister of foreign affairs and
international cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, where they
discussed ways of developing bilateral ties to serve the interests of the two
They also discussed latest regional and international developments of mutual concern, the Iraqi foreign ministry said in a statement.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry voiced on Tuesday condemnation of thesabotage acts against four vessels in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates.
The ministry affirmed Iraq's solidarity with "our brothers in the UAE in facing the challenges and confronting all attempts to destabilize its security, stability and the safety of its citizens."
Iraq believes that the damage occurred to these vessels is a threat to the security of the entire Gulf, stressing the need of concerted efforts to counter any threat and take measures to preserve the security and stability of the region.
It also called on the countries of the region and the international community to pursue a policy cooperation to ensure the safety of tankers and secure the navigation in the Gulf region.
Jubeir - Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Hakim also phoned Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubair, where they
discussed upgrading bilateral relations.
The two sides discussed the latest developments in the region, and ways of maintaining security and stability.
Saudi Arabia said earlier that two of the four ships were Saudi tankers. A US official said that Iran used explosives to blow huge holes in four ships - including two Saudi oil tankers, The Sun reported.
Sameh Shoukri - Senate of Poland - Katarzyna Czerwińska
Hakim and his Egyptian
counterpart Sameh Shoukri stressed the need to exert efforts to maintain
security, stability and resolve crises through dialogue and non-escalation as
it does not serve the region.
This came as Hakim received a telephone call from his counterpart Shoukri.
The two sides discussed the latest developments in the region by phone and the need to exert efforts to maintain security, stability and work towards resolving problems and crises through dialogue and non-escalation because it does not serve the region, the ministry said in a statement.
They also stressed the need to increase consultation on a number of regional issues of mutual concern, the statement added.
In April, Egypt's Ambassador to Iraq Alaa Morsi stressed his country's keenness to strengthen joint relations with Iraq and provide all possible means of support.
During a meeting with Iraqi Minister of Planning Sabah al-Dulaimi, Morsi praised the measures Dulaimi announced to during the meeting to develop the quality of bilateral cooperation, a statement by Dulaimi's office said.