France, Iraq sign cooperation pacts on defense, science

08:33, November 17, 2009      

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French and Iraqi ministers signed two cooperation agreements on defense and culture and science in Paris on Monday, the first day of the visit by an Iraqi delegation headed by President Jalal Talabani.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Talabani had nearly one hour of talks in the Elysee Palace, where defense ministers and foreign ministers of both countries inked the above pacts respectively, local media reported.

"We would like to reinforce and deepen the relations between our two countries in domains of politics, military affairs, culture, oil industry, economy and commerce," Talabani told reporters following his talks with Sarkozy.

While having dinner with Talabani, Sarkozy expressed hope that Iraq would have a new future.

"I see the future with confidence and optimism. Iraq is on the right track. Iraqi people regained the control of their destiny," Sarkozy said. "Although the terrorists continue to raise attacks, the violence sharply diminished."

Sarkozy reiterated that the invasion of Iraq in 2003 led by the United Stated had violated the Charter of the United Nations.

According to French Ambassador to Iraq Boris Boillon, another two economic contracts are expected to be signed during the four-day visit of Talabani. They will allow access for French Agency of Development, a public institution providing development financing, and La Coface, a French commercial insurance company, to Iraq.

According to French analysts, France needs an aiding center in Iraq to help French entrepreneurs who are interested in making investment in Iraq, as well as provide supports to French research in agriculture and archaeology in the country.

Source: Xinhua
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