France seeks to return to strong economic Iraq after the withdrawal of U.S. forces from the cities
Published Date 02/07/2009 02:56 PM
Baghdad (Iraq News) is France, which Prime Minister Francois Fillon with the heads of a delegation comprising a number of companies on Thursday to Baghdad to return Iraq to a strong economic, shortly after the withdrawal of U.S. troops from cities and towns.
Fillon said at a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Nuri al-Maliki said "the participants were with me today was a strong structure for the development of activities in Iraq," adding that "of course needs to be a stable security situation continues to improve."
He stressed that "there is no reason for non-renewal of economic ties that existed between the two countries in the past."
The French government official told reporters that "the Iraqis want to be free from U.S. custody, and for this they want to work with other investors know well, including France."
In turn, Maliki said that "French companies have a history of work in Iraq and have the desire and determination to return after a landing," saying that "these circumstances remains."
He added that "Iraq's ambition is to be there in addition to economic cooperation and the exchange of political cooperation in the institutions of civil society."
Al-Maliki, "the signing of several memoranda of cooperation in the areas of trade, security, defense and culture" between Iraq and France during Sarkozy's visit.
Maliki said that "relations have entered a new phase in particular we do not start from scratch, but we recover the history of relations and positive cooperation between the two countries."
The Iraqi government, according to its spokesman, Ali Dabbagh, the wish for a large economic role of France in Iraq.
He said al-Dabbagh told AFP that "our country wants to be a strategic partner of France, especially in the economic sphere," adding that "the Prime Minister (Nuri al-Maliki), has expressed his desire to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries."
Dabbagh said in a statement that "the climate of the discussions had been made of the understanding has been agreed to expand cooperation and strengthen relations between the two countries and serve the interests of the parties in the economic, cultural, scientific, technical, and France's support for Iraq in order to join the World Trade Organization and a partnership agreement and trade with the EU" .
A source close to the French Prime Minister Francois Fillon announced that the "Memorandum of Understanding signed between France and the Commercial Bank of Iraq for the protection of investors Afrencn, and another note for the training of engineers in the field of transport, and the other for the formation of the French business and the Iraqis, headed by the Director of the giant French company Total, Christophe de Marjerih" .
The delegation accompanying the Fillon, composed of thirty personality who is visiting Iraq for one day, Christine Lagarde Minister of Economy and Laurence Parisot, president of the organization employers and Louis Gallois head of the European aerospace and defense, "EADS" Bruno Lafon, president and CEO of Lafarge.
It also includes Henry Akman Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schneider and Christophe de Margerie General Manager of Total Broglio and Henry the chairman of the company Veolia and Jean-Louis Cosad the Director-General of the company "Suez" to the environment.
U.S. forces withdrew in June 30 cities and towns of Iraq, according to a security agreement between Baghdad and Washington, and a precursor to a full withdrawal before the end of 2011.
The French have expressed Mswwon Hamas French companies to participate in the work in Iraq, despite fears of the security situation.
The French source said, "If Bmekdrona, we will bring all the forty giant French companies here, and there is no one company refuses to come."
"The only thing that worried him company, is the security situation."
In turn, Louis Gallois, said the President of the European aerospace and defense, "EADS," Louis Gallois said the "Iraqi Airways has only aircraft + Boeing + and for me this is a provocation."
"We offer our service in all areas of the Gulf, why should not we have a role in Iraq."
For its part, said Laurence Parisot, president of the organization employees, "We have to start work from now on, we must be present, especially when the indicators are encouraging, since many," referring to the improvement of security in the country.
A statement by the presidency of the French government that "will be the signing of several contracts" on the occasion of this visit, which had been agreed upon during the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Iraq on the tenth of February last.
My French Prime Minister on Thursday afternoon to Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq for talks with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani.
Sarkozy visited Iraq in February 10, 2009.
He was the first French president to visit Iraq since 1921 and the first European leader to visit Iraq since the toppling of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in 2003.