Greece’s foreign minister N. Kotzias meets with his Iraqi counterpart.

The Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias noted the need to strengthen bilateral political dialogue and intensify political consultations between Athens and Baghdad foreign ministries, pointing out the role Greece can play in promoting EU - Iraq relations.

The statements were made during the meeting between the Greek minister and his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al- Jaafari, as part of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71), taking place in New York.

The two ministers discussed ways to further promote bilateral cooperation and spoke about the historical and cultural ties uniting the two countries.

Mr. Kotzias pointed out the importance of Iraqi cultural heritage and of the culture that developed around Mesopotamia and referred to the initiative of establishing the GC10 Agency, which includes 10 countries representing most ancient civilizations of the world, sending out an invitation to his Iraqi counterpart to participate in a conference that will soon take place in Athens. He also expressed his intention to soon visit Baghdad.

For his part, the Iraqi Foreign Minister signalized the importance for the two countries relations, of Mr. Kotzia’s upcoming visit to Baghdad and welcomed the Greek initiative for organizing a Conference of the GC10, since, as he stated, culture constitutes an important soft power tool which can promote global cooperation.