Iraqi, Egyptian leaders discuss deepening bilateral ties

Baghdad ( – Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid met on Wednesday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on the sidelines of the 31st Arab League summit held in the Algerian capital, Algeria, according to a press release issued by the Iraqi presidency.

The statement mentions that the two leaders discussed the most important regional and international political, security and economic developments, as well as ways to address the challenges in a way that strengthens solidarity and joint Arab action.

Rashid stressed the importance of developing and expanding the historic ties between Iraq and Egypt to include several areas and fulfill the aspirations of the peoples of both countries, according to the statement.

Rashid spoke of the suffering Iraq had to face during the war on terrorism and the crimes committed by terrorist groups against the Iraqi people, including the genocide against the Yazidis, the statement said.

Rashid also spoke about measures taken by Iraq to overcome the effects of the period when terrorist groups controlled several regions of the country, the statement said.

Rashid expressed his optimism that the new government will be formed that will serve the people of Iraq, the statement added.

El-Sisi said Iraq is a strong and important country and plays a central role in the region, and hailed the deep historical ties between the peoples of the two countries.

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