The Iraq-Australia Friendship Commission held a meeting on Monday, 30 October 2021, at the headquarters of the Foreign Relations Commission in the presence of its Chairman, Deputy Mukhtar Mahmood Al-Moussawi, and Australian Ambassador Ms. Paula Ganly to discuss several topics.
The meeting included learning about the activities and efforts of the committee, the importance of strengthening the relations between the two countries, and also having a plan with the auxiliary committee in the Australian Parliament through the Australian Embassy in Baghdad, and put forward key discussion areas for the Australian side.
For her part, the new Ambassador of Australia referred to the electoral situation in Iraq and how the current electoral process was proceeding. She hoped that the next session would be better than previous ones and that its members would be elected fairly.
Ms. Ganly pointed out that an exhibition on trade will be opened in Dubai, and Iraqi merchants can participate in a conference and submit their requests and inquiries through their communication with the Parliamentary Foreign Relations Committee (the Iraqi-Australian Friendship Committee). She praised the government’s role and success in holding the last summit conference, stressing the need to give priority to reforming the Iraqi society from within and emphasizing the establishment of the projects that were discussed in previous meetings, especially hospitals.
In the end, Ms. Ganly requested that the Australian prisoner who was detained by the Iraqi government be kept in the same place where he is currently being held after his trial.