MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in St. Petersburg to meet with the Vice President of Iraq Nouri al-Maliki. This was reported TASS the press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov.
Vice-President of Iraq, Chairman of the faction “State of law” of the Parliament, Nouri al-Maliki in the framework of his visit to Russia that began on July 23 and will end July 26, has held a meeting with Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov and Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko.
The fight against terrorism
Nouri al-Maliki, on 24 July, discussed with Sergey Lavrov, the increasing cooperation in the fight against terrorism in Iraq. The head of the Russian foreign Ministry noted that Moscow was in solidarity with the efforts of Baghdad to eliminate terrorist threats in the region.
Representative of the Arab Republic also noted that Iraq is on the verge of a new stage of development and is interested in preserving the political balance in the country. This equilibrium, according to the Vice-President of the Republic may be maintained by means of cooperation with Russia in the energy sector, military-technical cooperation, as well as “politically”.
As noted by al-Maliki, it is likely that Iraq will “be exposed to new challenges in the political sphere, this is due to interference in the internal Affairs of the region.”
Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko at a meeting with Nouri al-Maliki asked him to consider the possibility of participation of representatives of Iraq in the II Eurasian women’s forum, which will be held in Russia next year. The Chairman of the upper house of the Russian Parliament also expressed the hope that the head of the Council of representatives (Parliament) of Iraq, Salim al-Jabouri will participate in the 137th inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly to be held in autumn in Saint-Petersburg.
Matvienko noted that, despite the activity of political contacts, inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries is lagging behind.
She called for greater cooperation between parliaments of the two countries in different spheres, “to consider the establishment of groups of friendship of Russia and Iraq.” In addition, Matvienko considers useful mutual exchange of experience in legislative work. In particular, according to her, the Federation Council is ready to share experience and to help in the work on the creation of the upper house of the Parliament of Iraq.
In response, Nouri al-Maliki said that Iraq is open for closer cooperation with Russia on the background of progress in the fight against terrorism in the region.
“We are committed to greater openness and to strengthen the ties of friendship with Russia, – he said. Now it’s time to be more open to Russia in the light of what has been achieved in the fight against terrorism and terrorist organizations.”
The politician also said that Iraq believes in the role of Russia in the solution of many international problems, strengthening security in the middle East and around the world. He also recalled that “in addition to meeting at the parliamentary level, we are still waiting for a meeting with President Putin – all signal a strong desire to strengthen bilateral relations.”
The Discussion Of Kurdistan
Iraqi politician after talks with the foreign Ministers and the Council of the Federation stated that the question of holding a fall referendum on the independence of Kurdistan was discussed during his visit to Moscow “in the context of the vision for the future of the country.”
“We support the interests of the Kurdish people, but what we see now does not serve the interests of the Iraqi people, in the right degree, so we would like a serious dialogue between Baghdad and Kurdistan to reach a settlement, however, until we see that the situation develops in the opposite direction, not in the interests of Iraq,” he said.
Al-Maliki emphasized the importance of “the establishment in Iraq of a political regime, which was based on the principle of political majority in order to ensure a secure future for the Iraqi people, regardless of Iraqi citizens to the different ethnic groups or religions”.