A regional summit aimed at promoting cooperation and partnership in the Middle East region opened on Saturday in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The summit, held in the heavily guarded green zone, aims to discuss political, economic and security issues related to Iraq and the region, according to the Anadolu agency correspondent.
“The conference is being held in a critical and historic situation,” Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi said in his opening speech at the summit.
The summit “embodies Iraq’s vision to establish better relations with the countries of the world, and our commitment to our people that Iraq will resume its leadership role in the region,” he added.
The Iraqi Prime Minister expressed the hope that “the conference will achieve economic integration among all countries”, stressing that “Iraq has taken measures to facilitate investments”.
Baghdad is seeking to strengthen its economic relations with neighboring countries and to open its doors to investment and establish mega-construction projects in areas damaged during the war against Daesh / ISIS.
The conference is attended by French President Emmanuel Macron, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, King of Jordan Abdullah II, Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and Minister Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Also present are Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Al-Hajraf, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, Vice President and Sovereign of the United Arab Emirates Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and Arab League Secretary General Ahmed. Aboul Gheit.
Other participants include representatives of the permanent members of the UN Security Council, G20 countries and the European Union.