Iraqi PM visits France to discuss energy, security and metro in Baghdad

Iraqi PM visits France to discuss energy, security and metro in Baghdad

Iraqi PM visits France to discuss energy, security and metro in Baghdad

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Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia el-Soudani is expected to arrive at the Elysee late in the day on Thursday for a working dinner with Emmanuel Macron. The objective of this visit is to relaunch numerous cooperation projects with France and large French companies.

With our correspondent in Baghdad, Marie-Charlotte Rupee

The theme of energy will be at the center of the visit to Mohamed Shia el-Sudani in France. The Iraqi prime minister hopes to relaunch major projects such as the construction by TotalEnergie of a gas collection network and a photovoltaic plant. The contract was signed in 2021 with the French company, but the works have not started.

The case is important to the country. Rich in oil, it is nevertheless dependent on its Iranian neighbor for a large part of its gas and electricity resources.

The Iraqi leader also indicated before his visit that he wanted to seek security cooperation between the two countries, referring to the training of Iraqi forces, intelligence services and arms purchases.

He also stressed the importance for Baghdad of the construction of a metro in the Iraqi capital and in Basra a memorandum of understanding had been signed in 2017 with the Alstom company.

Iraq’s role as a mediating country between Iran and Saudi Arabia should be part of the visit’s files. Mohammed Shia el-Soudani has reaffirmed in recent weeks his desire to continue the discussions.

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