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Exclusive interview with Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki on Sino-Iraqi development

07-16-2011 14:09 BJT

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will pay an official visit to China, at the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao, starting Sunday. He's given CCTV an exclusive interview on the development of the two countries.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says China and Iraq have long-standing relations. And Iraq hopes to enhance them through this visit.

Nouri al-Maliki said, "Iraqi hopes to mend diplomatic ties with China and other important countries in the world. This is in the interests of two countries. And this visit aims to further solidify the relations of the two countries."

Maliki noted that Iraq is becoming gradually stable in recent years. He said the major task for the government is the country's reconstruction.

This requires making the best use of Iraq's oil and natural gas to get adequate funding.

The prime minister stressed that China plays a significant role in Iraq's reconstruction.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will pay an official visit to China, at the invitation
of Premier Wen Jiabao, starting Sunday. He's given CCTV an exclusive interview on the
development of the two countries.

Nouri al-Maliki said, "One of the purpose of my visit this time to get more Chinese companies to join the construction of Iraq's infrastructure as well as power, crude oil and other important industries, helping Iraq restore its own industry."

Maliki says China can accomplish more in its own economic development. He hopes the Chinese government will continue supporting and aiding Iraq's economic development.

 

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV.CN

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