China Says To Boost Ties With Iraq
During Baghdad visit, Chinese Councilor says China willing to cooperate with Iraq in all areas.
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said Sunday that China wants to boost relations with Iraq in all areas and to actively take part in the country's reconstruction efforts.
Yang's remarks came during a visit to Baghdad during a meeting with Iraqi President Fuad Masum, according to a written statement from the Iraqi presidency.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi president hailed “victories” against Daesh by Iraqi forces, assisted by peshmerga fighters and tribal militias.
Masum also said he hoped to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, drawing attention to the “necessity” of improving military and intelligence cooperation.
Earlier, Iraqi officials had mistakenly said that the person who paid the visit to Baghdad was Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao, not Yang.
Yang also met Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri during the visit.
The Chinese state councilor also said that China would do its part to help Iraq with several issues, especially in the humanitarian field.
Meanwhile, Abadi said Iraq needed massive investments from international companies for the reconstruction of regions regained from Daesh, a group he said threatens the whole world.
According to official statements, the annual trade volume between China and Iraq exceeds $24 billion and more than 25 major Chinese companies are operating in the oil, energy and electricity sectors in Iraq.
An estimated 10,000 Chinese workers are working across Iraq, the Chinese embassy in Baghdad said in June 2014.
Iraqi security forces, backed by Shiite militias, launched a ground offensive against Daesh on March 2 to recapture Tikrit, aiming to approach the Daesh stronghold of Mosul.
Tikrit, a Sunni-majority city, was the birthplace of late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
Clashes between Iraqi forces and Daesh have been ongoing since June 2014 when the armed group seized Mosul and other territories in Iraq.
China Says To Deepen And Widen Mutual Beneficial Ties With Iraq
BAGHDAD, March 23 (Xinhua) -- China is willing to further widen and deepen mutual beneficial cooperation with Iraq in all fields and actively participate in its reconstruction, said Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi.
Yang made the remarks on his visit to Baghdad on Sunday when meeting with Iraqi President Fuad Masum, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jubouri.
Yang said that China and Iraq have enjoyed long-standing friendship and made new achievements in promoting bilateral ties.
China is willing increase high-level visits, strengthen political mutual trust, push forward pragmatic cooperation with Iraq and upgrade bilateral ties to higher level, said the Chinese State Councilor.
He added that the new Iraqi government has gained a series of achievements since its establishment last September. And China will help Iraq to improve its self-reliance development capability.
China firmly supports Iraq in its bid to maintain independence, safeguard sovereign and territorial integrity as well as its efforts for peace and stability in the region, he said.
Iraq highly appreciated China's achievement in development and its important role in upholding justice in international affairs, particularly its humanitarian aid to Iraq, said the Iraqi leaders.
Iraq has given high priority to enhancing ties with China and is willing step up cooperation with China in the fields of energy, telecom, agriculture and scientific research, they said.
Yang conveyed to Masum the best regards of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Chairman of China's NPC Standing Committee Zhang Dejiang.