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Motegi visits Iraq, offers yen loans

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein (R) poses for photos with his visiting Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi before their talks in Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 21, 2021. (File photo/AP)
Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein (R) poses for photos with his visiting Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi before their talks in Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 21, 2021. (File photo/AP)
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, third from right, arrives to meet his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Hussein, fourth from right, in Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 21, 2021. (File photo/AP)
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, third from right, arrives to meet his Iraqi counterpart Fouad Hussein, fourth from right, in Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 21, 2021. (File photo/AP)
Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein attend a meeting in Baghdad, Iraq August 21, 2021. (File photo/Reuters)
Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein attend a meeting in Baghdad, Iraq August 21, 2021. (File photo/Reuters)
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22 Aug 2021 01:08:27 GMT9
22 Aug 2021 01:08:27 GMT9
  • He is the first Japanese foreign minister to visit Iraq in 15 years

Japanese Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu informed his Iraqi counterpart, Fuad Hussein, on Saturday of Tokyo’s plans to provide up to 32.7 billion yen in low-interest loans to Baghdad to help finance repair work at the Basra refinery in southern Iraq.

Motegi offered the loans at a meeting with Hussein in Baghdad.

He is the first Japanese foreign minister to visit Iraq in 15 years. His visit was not announced beforehand for security reasons.

At the meeting, Motegi and Hussein exchanged views on regional issues including the situation in Afghanistan, now under the control of the Taliban.

Motegi said he is convinced that Japan’s initiative of a free and open Indo-Pacific will contribute to the development of the Middle East.

Hussein said he believes in the importance of the rule of law as spelled out under the initiative.

Later on Saturday, Motegi paid a courtesy call on Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and Iraqi President Barham Salih.

Motegi left on a 10-day tour of seven Middle Eastern countries on August 15, where he visited Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Israel and Turkey with plans to also visit Iran and Qatar before he returns to Tokyo on August 25, making it the longest tour of the region by a Japanese foreign minister.

JIJI Press

 

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