Visit to Iraq by TAKAGI Kei Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs

From November 1 to 4, TAKAGI Kei Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs visited Baghdad, the capital of the Republic of Iraq, and Basra Governorate in the south of the country. The overview of the visit is as follows.
1. On November 2, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takagi participated in the 46th Baghdad International Fair, which was held for the first time in four years. He delivered an opening speech and participated in the ribbon cutting at the Japan Pavilion on "Japan Day." Many Iraqi guests, including Mr. Atheer Daoud, Minister of Commerce of the Republic of Iraq, and Mr. Humam Ahmed Abdul Jabbar, Director General of the State Company for Iraqi Fairs and Commercial Services, attended the "Japan Day" event.
2. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takagi met with Mr. Mohammed Al-Sudani, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, and exchanged views on the friendly bilateral relations and the regional situation. During the meeting, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takagi welcomed the fact that Iraq overcame the difficult political situation and formed the new government almost a year after the election of the Iraqi Council of Representative last October. He also expressed his hopes that the new government would play an important role towards the stability in the Middle East region and economic reforms in Iraq. In response, Prime Minister Al-Sudani expressed his gratitude for the support from Japan over the years and emphasized that the new government intends to strengthen the stability and safety of Iraq and promote economic reforms. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takagi also met with Mr. Omar Al-Barazanchi, Undersecretary for Administrative, Technical and Legal Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, and exchanged views on bilateral relations and cooperation between Japan and Iraq.
3. On November 3, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takagi visited Basra Governorate in southern Iraq. He attended the completion ceremony of "Hartha Thermal Power Station Rehabilitation Project" and "Basra Water Supply Improvement Project", which are symbolic projects of Japan's assistance to Iraq via ODA loans. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takagi noted that Japan's assistance has contributed to improving the lives of the Iraqi people and presented his compliments to the efforts of the people involved from both countries. Mr. Ziyad Fadel, Minister of Electricity of the Republic of Iraq, who participated in the ceremony of Hartha Thermal Power Station, expressed his appreciation for Japan's assistance in providing the stable supply of electricity. Parliamentary Vice-Minister Takagi also participated in the dinner hosted by Dr. Dargham Abdul Wahed, Second Deputy Governor of Basra, and exchanged views on activities of Japanese companies in Basra Governorate.