PARIS, October 20. / TASS /. France and Iraq consider it important to continue the fight against terrorism. This is stated in a joint statement released on Tuesday by the Elysee Palace following the talks held on Monday evening in Paris between French President Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazymi.
"During the exchange of views, the President of the French Republic and the Prime Minister of Iraq stressed the need to continue the fight against terrorism. At the same time, Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed France's desire to continue its active participation in the actions of the international coalition fighting against the Islamic State group (banned in the Russian Federation – approx . TASS). He also confirmed his intention to deepen bilateral relations in the defense sphere with Iraq, "- said in a statement.
The French president, according to the statement, "welcomed the course pursued by the Iraqi government." He "expressed support for the measures taken by the Iraqi prime minister to bring about an end to the unacceptable attacks that have targeted diplomatic missions in Iraq in recent weeks."
Macron told the Iraqi prime minister that in 2020 France will resume its contribution to the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS) program, whose actions "greatly contribute to the return of civilians to their former places of residence." Also, according to Macron, France will allocate € 1 million to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), which helps the Iraqi side in organizing early parliamentary elections.
"During the talks, the parties confirmed the existence of close friendly relations uniting the two countries," the Elysee Palace said. The leaders of the two countries expressed satisfaction with the conclusion of contacts with French corporations for the construction of a metro in Baghdad and the improvement of Iraq's power grids.
According to the Elysee Palace, Mustafa al-Kazimi "condemned the murder of teacher Samuel Pati and expressed solidarity with France in the fight against terrorism."