Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov met Mohammed Ali al-Hakim, an Iraqi Foreign Minister and co-chair of the Intergovernmental Russia-Iraq Commission for Trade, Economic, and Scientific-Technical Cooperation.

The Commission was re-established after an 8-year break in 2016. The upcoming session will be held in in Bagdad March 2019.

‘Iraq is Russia’s key partner in the region’, said Borisov, ‘we have similar views on how to solve the essential international and regional issues. We both are interested in settling the conflicts in Iraq and Syria as soon as possible, and eradicating ISIS and other terrorist organizations.’

According to Yuri Borisov, the trade turnover between Iraq and Russia reached $764,5 million.

‘Most of Iraq-Russia bilateral trade consists of military and dual-use goods. At this stage, we believe that boosting mutual deliveries is as important as expanding the range of traded goods, first of all, civil goods’, said prime-minister.