Macron says France supports Iraqi prime minister’s efforts to safeguard sovereignty


French President Emmanuel Macron and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi react during a press conference after a meeting, in Baghdad, Iraq, September 2, 2020. REUTERS / Gonzalo Fuentes / Pool

CAIRO (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron discussed energy cooperation with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and collaboration on a nuclear project that could solve Iraq’s chronic electricity shortages, Kadhimi said on Wednesday .

“We talked about a future project, using nuclear energy to generate electricity and peaceful projects, which will be under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency… which will create jobs and solve shortages electricity, ”Kadhimi said at a press conference in Baghdad. .

Macron said they also discussed military cooperation with ISIS militants and French support for building a metro in Baghdad.

Any military cooperation with Iraq must be respectful of its sovereignty and France supports Kadhimi’s efforts to safeguard it, as well as to “normalize” all armed forces, Macron said, referring to Shiite militias mainly backed by the ‘Iran.

Report by Ahmed Aboulenein; Edited by Catherine Evans

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