Japan parliamentary vice-minister for foreign affairs of Japan, Takagi Kei, traveled to Basra Governorate in the south and Baghdad, the capital of the Republic of Iraq.
Takagi took part in the 46th Baghdad International Fair on November 2, which took place for the first time in four years. On “Japan Day,” he gave an opening speech and took part in the ribbon-cutting at the Japan Pavilion.
The “Japan Day” event was attended by many Iraqi visitors, including Hummam Ahmed AbdulJabbar, Director General of the State Company for Iraqi Fairs and Commercial Services, and Atheer Daoud, Minister of Commerce of the Republic of Iraq.
Takagi met with the prime minister of Iraq, Mohammed Al-Sudani, and the two men spoke about their cordial ties and the state of the world.
The Iraqi administration was created nearly a year after the election of the Iraqi Council of Representative in October of last year, which was welcomed by Japan’s parliamentary vice-minister at the meeting.
Additionally, he stated his optimism that the incoming administration will significantly contribute to Middle East stability and Iraqi economic improvements.
In response, Prime Minister Al-Sudani thanked Japan for its years of assistance and highlighted that the new administration wants to strengthen Iraq’s security and safety while advancing economic reforms.
In their meeting, Takagi and Omar Al-Barazanchi, Undersecretary for Administrative, Technical, and Legal Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, discussed bilateral ties and collaboration between the two countries.
The Japanese official traveled to southern Iraq’s Basra Governorate on November 3. He went to the dedication ceremonies for the emblematic projects that represent the ODA loans Japan provided to Iraq, the “Hartha Thermal Power Station Rehabilitation Project” and the “Basrah Water Supply Improvement Project.”
Takagi expressed his gratitude for the efforts of everyone involved from both countries and remarked that Japan’s help had improved the lives of Iraqis. Iraq’s Minister of Power, Ziyad Fadhel, expressed his gratitude to Japan for helping to provide a steady supply of electricity during the opening ceremony of Hartha Thermal Power Station.
Additionally, he took part in the dinner held by Basra’s second deputy governor, Dargham Abdul Wahed, and discussed the activities of Japanese businesses there.
Matsumoto Futoshi, the ambassador of Japan to Iraq, was a member of Takagi’s group.