Iraq's Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, has called on Cuba to cooperate in tackling its debt to Baghdad, not least because his country is experiencing exceptional circumstances due to low oil prices and the cost of the war against terrorism.
Al-Jaafari received the new non-resident Cuban Ambassador and raised the issue with him. He and Alexis Bandrich Vega also discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways to upgrade them to achieve the aspirations of the two friendly nations.
A statement from the Foreign Minister's office noted that the Iraqi government is moving to promote investment opportunities in the country, from which Cuban companies can benefit while contributing to the reconstruction process. There is also a need to expand scientific and cultural cooperation between Baghdad and Havana.
Ambassador Vega stressed his country's readiness to help Iraq and strengthen relations between the two countries.