H.H. Sheikh Mohammed leads UAE delegation to Iraq

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai is leading a high level UAE delegation participating in the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership.

The UAE leader was welcomed upon arrival at Baghdad International Airport by Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Prime Minister of Iraq, and a group of Iraqi ministers and senior officials.

Saturday's meeting brought together leaders and representatives from a number of countries.

His Highness is accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, His Excellency Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, and His Excellency Dr. Anwar Gargash, Diplomatic Adviser to His Highness the President of the UAE.

The delegation also includes His Excellency Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure, His Excellency Khalifa Saeed Suleiman, Chairman of the Deputy Prime Minister's Ceremony, and His Excellency Kazem Salem Issa Al Qattam, UAE Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates for the Republic of Iraq.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has also invited Gulf allies Egypt and Jordan as well as Turkey and French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country is co-organising the summit.

Macron and Kadhimi want to foster dialogue, including on security, according to a French presidential source quoted by Reuters. "The aim is to initiate something here and to continue (it) after this conference," the source said.

The Conference discussed a number of security, political and economic dossiers, in addition to emphasising support for the Iraqi government and the fight against terrorism.

In a speech during the opening of the Baghdad Summit for Cooperation and Partnership, Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said, "Terrorism represents a common threat to all, and Iraq refuses to use its territory as an arena of conflict.

He added that Baghdad Conference embodies Iraq's vision for cooperation, saying that there will be no foothold for terrorism in Iraq, no return to undemocratic routes and no absurd wars.

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai is meeting the GCC's leaders on the sidelines of the summit. 

On Saturday, he met His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.

"Prince Tamim is a brother and a friend, the Qatari people are relatives...the Gulf destiny is one, it was and will remain...May God protect our people and perpetuate their security, stability and prosperity", His Highness wrote on his official Twitter account after the meeting.

The two leaders discussed the strengthening of bilateral relations and plans to achieve the common interests of both countries.

His Highness also held talks with Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum also met the new Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian
on the sidelines of the conference.

In a Twitter post after the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed wished Amir-Abdollahian success in his new duties, hoping he would develop positive relations with neighboring countries and consolidate relations "based on the principles of wisdom and interests of the people".

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