|Xi Jinping Speaks with Iraqi President Barham Salih on the Phone|
On August 18, 2021, President Xi Jinping had a phone conversation with Iraqi President Barham Salih.
Xi Jinping pointed out that Iraq is one of the first Arab countries to establish diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, and also an important partner of China for Belt and Road cooperation in West Asia and North Africa. As a sincere friend of the Iraqi people, China has actively participated in Iraq's economic reconstruction, with bilateral friendly and practical cooperation making steady progress in various fields. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two countries have been supporting and helping each other. China attaches great importance to developing relations with Iraq, and is willing to continue to support Iraq's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, expand bilateral cooperation in such fields as energy, electricity and transport, assist Iraq with economic reconstruction and social development, and promote the strategic partnership for greater development.
Xi Jinping stressed that China firmly supports Iraq's efforts to defend its national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, fight against terrorism, and safeguard its national security and stability. China supports the Iraqi people in independently choosing a development path in line with Iraq's national conditions, and opposes any external interference in Iraq's internal affairs. He hopes that the various factions in Iraq will strengthen unity, push for new progress in the domestic political process, and realize long-term peace and stability as well as prosperity and development. China stands ready to work with friendly countries, including Iraq, to promote peace and development and build a community with a shared future for mankind.
Barham said that the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China is a milestone event for both China and the world. He wishes China greater achievements in the journey ahead from this new starting point. Iraq and China are both great civilizations with a long history. The Iraqi side understands the measures taken by China to safeguard national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity, and firmly adheres to the one-China policy. The Iraqi side appreciates China for its help in Iraq's economic reconstruction and fight against COVID-19, and is willing to deepen friendly relations with China. Iraq hopes to make concerted efforts with China to continuously strengthen anti-pandemic cooperation, expand bilateral cooperation on trade and investment, and expand exchanges and cooperation in such areas as culture, tourism, youth and sports. Iraq is also ready to work with China to intensify strategic communication, address the precipitous changes in the international and regional landscape, fight against terrorism, and safeguard regional and global peace and stability.