Premier Imran Khan Speaks on Telephone with Iraqi Counterpart
September 24, 2021
Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, the Prime Minister of Iraq called Prime Minister Imran Khan.
PM Imran Khan wished the Iraqi government success in holding parliamentary elections in October this year, and expressed hope that democracy and democratic institutions in Iraq would be strengthened further. He also congratulated Iraq’s prime minister on the successful conclusion of the Baghdad Conference for ‘Cooperation and Partnership’ last month.
The two leaders expressed a desire to expand bilateral cooperation between the two countries in a variety of areas, including trade, investment, infrastructure development, and religious tourism. The premier praised the Iraqi government for hosting thousands of Pakistani Zairean who visit Iraq for religious reasons each year. He emphasized that promoting religious tourism between the two countries could be beneficial to both parties.
Recognizing the religious sentiments of Zaireen from Pakistan, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi agreed to provide additional assistance in this regard. The situation in Afghanistan was also discussed.
PM Khan briefed his Iraqi counterpart of Pakistan’s consistent support for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, emphasizing the importance of Afghan peace and stability for regional peace and security.He emphasized the importance of the international community’s continued engagement with Afghanistan in order to promote peace and security in the country, especially in preventing a humanitarian crisis and economic collapse. Imran Khan also emphasized Pakistan’s humanitarian assistance to Afghans in a variety of ways, including via air and land routes.Both premiers agreed on the importance of providing immediate humanitarian assistance to Afghans and releasing funds to prevent the country’s impending economic crisis.
The two leaders also agreed to maintain close contact in order to improve bilateral cooperation in a number of areas.PM Imran Khan expressed his desire to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on a bilateral visit soon.