Visit of Hoshyar Zebari, Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs, to Catherine Ashton: extracts from the signing ceremony and the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 11/05/2012 First transmission: 11/05/2012
On 11 May 2012, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, received the visit of Hoshyar Zebari, Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs, at the European Commission, in Brussels. On this occasion, they signed an agreement on partnership and cooperation between Iraq and The European Union, and held a press briefing after the signing ceremony.
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||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, and Hoshyar Zebari, Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the signing ceremony, at the European Commission, in Brussels
||Catherine Ashton and Hoshyar Zebari signing the agreement on partnership and cooperation between Iraq and The European Union
||Handshake between Catherine Ashton and Hoshyar Zebari
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||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): That is what this agreement is all about; sealing a common wish to work together on a whole range of issues where we have much to gain. It is the first ever such agreement between the EU and Iraq so it's a historic and a symbolic day in our relationship; we are opening a new chapter. We commit ourselves to work better and talk more often on political matters including regular discussions on the key challenges in a crucial but troubled region.
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||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): For me this agreement is above all a symbol of the wish of the European Union to be a positive partner for Iraq in its democratic efforts. It brings together the EU and its Member States as a fitting testament to the EU's determination to build a long term partnership not just for today or tomorrow but for many years to come.
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||Soundbite by Hoshyar Zebari (in ENGLISH): It is a great day for my country and it is also a historical event, for the first time, Iraq which used to be a pariah state, isolated and with sanctions, to come back and be reintegrated into the international community by signing this important document, here, at the EU headquarter, in Brussels.
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||Soundbite by Hoshyar Zebari (in ENGLISH): The most important thing is that implementing tools for this agreement to translate it into actions in all the fields that we have covered; political cooperation, trade, investment, technology, education, culture, areas in energy specifically that we know Iraq has a great potential to offer to Europe. We will do our part to implement this agreement to the best interest of Iraq, the region and the EU.
||Catherine Ashton and Hoshyar leaving the press briefing