Iraq’s foreign ministry held a ceremony in Baghdad on Sunday to mark the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations with China. The Iraqi deputy minister for bilateral relations, Mohammed Hussein Bahr Al-Uloom, said in his speech that “the Iraqi-Chinese friendship is historical and rooted through the ages”.
“Relations between the two countries have made great progress based on respect and mutual benefit since their inception 65 years ago,” he added.
For his part, the Chinese ambassador to Iraq, Cui Wei, said that the two countries enjoy a deep traditional friendship, adding that the ancient Silk Road connected the two peoples more than 2,000 years ago. Over the past 65 years, China and Iraq have always understood, trusted and supported each other, Cui said.
He said that under the Belt and Road Initiative, Chinese companies are widely and deeply involved in oil and electricity projects in Iraq and have made great contributions to improving the country’s economic growth and the livelihood of its people.