The Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, spearheaded by Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, commenced today in Baghdad.
The conference’s opening ceremony was headlined by PM al-Kadhimi’s speech addressing government officials and heads of regional organizations which included high-level representation from the governments of Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, Egypt, France, and the UAE.
In his address, PM al-Kadhimi underlined Iraq’s intention to “consolidate its foreign relations with cooperation, understanding, brotherly relations, and common interests with the countries of the region and the world.”
Attendees drew attention to regional security and fight against terrorism in their opening remarks.
Turkey was represented by a delegation headed by FM Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. In his speech, the Turkish FM underlined the threat posed by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) terrorist organization and said that PKK presence in Iraq will not be accepted.
On the international organizations front, General Secretaries of the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation participated in the organization.