|Iraq invites more Chinese companies to invest, Wang Yi sets tone for more economic exchanges
Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Baghdad that Beijing is ready to strengthen all-round cooperation with Iraq.
“China will continue to promote its friendly traditional ties with Iraq, deepen the political mutual trust between the two countries and take advantage of each other's economic strengths," Wang said during his meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.
“China firmly supports Iraq's efforts to safeguard its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, accelerate its political rebuilding and national reconciliation and fight against terrorism," Wang said.
For his part, Al-Maliki said Iraq thanks China for its unwavering support on the country's reconstruction.
“The two countries have witnessed significant progresses in cooperation and China is now Iraq's top trading partner," al-Maliki said. “Iraq hopes to strength its cooperation with China in the fields of economy, politics and security. Iraq has great confidence in Chinese companies and hopes more Chinese firms will invest in Iraq."
During a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari, Wang said Iraq is China's reliable and important partner in the Middle East, adding that China is willing to promote high-level exchanges with Iraq, continue to firmly support Iraq's political transition and actively participate in Iraq's economic rebuilding.
At a joint press conference after the meeting, Wang promised that China will strengthen pragmatic cooperation with Iraq by helping with reconstruction in energy, infrastructure and the people's well-being.
During his one-day visit, Wang also met with Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi.
Wang arrived in Baghdad Sunday morning.—Xinhua