Iraq, Spain sign economic cooperation agreement
Iraq and Spain signed an agreement Thursday, March 22, enlarging cooperation in the fields of oil, industry, agriculture, health and transportation, the official INA news agency said Thursday.
"Spanish firms are committed to meeting the technical needs of Iraq ... and widening cooperation with Iraq's private sector," INA said.
The agreement was signed in Baghdad by Iraq's Transport Minister Ahmed Mortada and Spain's state minister for trade and tourism, Juan Costa Climent.
Spain in 1999 became the first EU country to form a joint economic cooperation commission with Iraq, said Costa Climent, who arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday to head the Spanish delegation to the body.
Spanish Deputy Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Nadal visited Baghdad in January becoming the first Spanish official to visit Baghdad since Iraq's occupation of Kuwait in 1990. Spain organized its first humanitarian aid flight to Baghdad in December. — (AFP, Baghdad)
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