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Pakistani FM meets Iraqi leaders in Baghdad to boost bilateral ties – Xinhua

BAGHDAD, May 29 (Xinhua) — Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held meetings with Iraqi leaders on Saturday during his official visit to Baghdad to strengthen bilateral ties in various fields.

Iraqi President Barham Salih met with Qureshi, and the two sides discussed bilateral relations and stressed the importance of cooperation in combating terrorism and extremism to stabilize the region and the world, said a statement by the media office of the presidency.

“The world and the region, in particular, are facing the challenges of terrorism, extremism, and the escalation of tensions that affect global security and stability,” Salih said.

“Iraq’s close relations with the Arab world, Islamic neighboring countries, and its relations with the international community are a cornerstone of security, stability, and development in the region,” the statement quoted Salih as saying.

For his part, Qureshi affirmed “his country’s commitment to supporting Iraq’s security and…

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