Security issue key challenge for Iraq

ABU DHABI — A preparatory group meeting for the International Compact with Iraq (ICI) initiative that aspires for a new partnership between Iraq and the international community was organised in the capital yesterday.

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Published: Mon 11 Sep 2006, 9:23 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 8:22 PM

Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan was also present at the meeting. The one-day meeting was chaired by Dr Barham Salih, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq; and Mark Malloch Brown, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and other senior Iraqi officials.

Representatives from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in addition to delegates from the EU countries participated in the event.

“The security issue is the major challenge that faces the Iraqi government in the light of fierce, unprecedented terrorist attacks the country encounters,” said Barham Salih, Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq.

He said the Iraqi government is determined to confront terrorism and extremists and that “political reconciliation and national mobilisation are very essential to resolve the problem of security in Iraq. We will continue to support efforts exerted by the Arab League, the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and the Gulf Cooperation Council to enhance our process to achieve national reconciliation and build strong relations with all democratic countries around the globe,” said Salih.

Elaborating on the ICI, Salih said the agreement will focus on building a framework of mutual commitments which will lead to Iraq’s economic transformation and integration into the regional and global economy.

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