Iraq eyes improved bilateral ties with PH
MANILA, Philippines — Iraq is eyeing to improve its relations with the Philippines in various areas, including health, energy, trade, and education, its top diplomat in Manila said on Tuesday.
Iraq Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Dr. Khalid Ibrahim Mohammed said a high-level delegation, led by Iraq’s Ministry of Health, is in Manila for the 8th Iraq-Philippines Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Aug. 30 and 31.
He said the JCM resumed after 10 years since the last JCM in Baghdad in March 2013.
“It is an opportune time to stimulate the bilateral relations between Manila and Baghdad through the JCM, which aims to enhance development efforts between our governments through joint cooperation in areas of health, energy, trade, investments, air services, consular work, education, and culture,” said Mohammed.
Diplomatic ties between the two countries started 48 years ago when Iraq opened an embassy in Manila in 1975.