Turkish President meets Iraqi FM who extends invite for regional summit

Iraqi government invited several other regional governments to participate at a regional summit in late August.

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Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein conducted an official visit to Turkey for a closed press meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Istanbul.

While the details of the meeting remain undisclosed, FM Hussein extended an invite from Iraqi PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi for a regional summit, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry announced. The summit which is slated to take place at the end of August in Iraq aims to bring together regional leaders to discuss regional security matters.

The Iraqi government has extended invites to several other regional leaders, including Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah from Kuwait, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz.

“Iraq has also invited European countries as well as the United States and it hopes to expand the scope of the regional summit.” an Iraqi official told Asharq al-Awsat.

French President Emmanuel Macron already confirmed his participation at the summit after a phone call with PM al-Kadhimi, which would mark his second visit to Iraq in the past year.

Baghdad had held the third installment of a tripartite summit between Iraq, Egypt, and Jordan in June. The summit aimed at improving relations between the participating countries under the framework of “the New Orient”, a term coined by PM al-Kadhimi.

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