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Iraq calls on Germany to help remove it from EU terror financing list

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas addresses the media after the follow-up meeting on Libyataking place on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference (MSC) on February 16, 2020 in Munich, Germany. [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Munich, Germany on February 16, 2020 [Abdulhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]

The Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein yesterday called on his German counterpart Heiko Maas to support Baghdad’s removal from the European list of high-risk countries for money laundering and terrorism financing.

In a statement, the Iraqi Foreign ministry said Hussein received a telephone call from his German counterpart, during which they discussed bilateral and regional affairs.

According to the statement, the German minister said that his country will work hard to protect Iraq’s sovereignty and will continue its work within the international coalition fighting Daesh.

The Iraqi minister has also called on Germany to use its political and economic influence with regional countries to prevent interference in Iraq’s internal affairs, pointing out that Baghdad’s new foreign policy depends on creating balanced relations with all neighbouring countries based on achieving common interests, solving problems by peaceful means, and distancing Iraq and its people from international and regional tensions.

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