Thursday, June 13, 2024

Iraq says seeking to broker ceasefire in Russo-Ukrainian war

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein stated on Monday that Baghdad wants to be part of the solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine through dialogue.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba visited Iraq on Monday for the first time since Russia’s invasion, seeking diplomatic support from the Middle East where Moscow has been cultivating friends.

“We definitely see Iraq as a country that is capable of building bridges,” Kuleba said at a press conference alongside Hussein.

“We welcome every effort to restore peace in Ukraine. There is one key cornerstone that must be laid down at the very foundation of every effort: and that cornerstone is the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” he added.

Hussein called for a ceasefire in Ukraine, saying this was the same message given to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov who visited Iraq in February.

“We always strive to be a part of the solution. Wars end with negotiation and dialogue; that’s why we believe in the language of dialogue,” Hussein stated, adding, “That’s why when we negotiate or discuss with officials in Moscow, and Minister Lavrov was here in the same hall, we mentioned the same principles, and we told them that we support a cease-fire and the start of negotiations.”

There are no peace talks in the Russia-Ukraine war. Moscow says Kyiv must first accept its annexation of Ukrainian territory; Ukraine says Russia must pull out its troops.

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