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Iraq: Foreign Relations

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Conservative, New Forest West

What diplomatic steps he is taking to improve UK relations with the Government of Iraq.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Government has developed a close bilateral relationship with Iraq, including hosting a successful visit by President Salih in July and ensuring regular ministerial contact since. I met the Iraqi Ambassador yesterday and spoke to Iraqi Foreign Minister Al-Hakim this morning. The Foreign Secretary spoke to Prime Minister Abdul Mehdi last month. In each conversation we have raised our concerns about the handling of the recent protests, urging restraint and proportionality.

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