Schröder met with Iraqi Governing Council
Chancellor Schröder met with delegation of Iraqi Governing Council
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder met in Berlin on December 18 with a delegation of the Iraqi Governing Council led by Abdul Aziz Al-Hakim, the current IGS President under its monthly rotating system.
Al-Hakim said given Germany's leading role in Europe he would like to see stronger cooperation with the German government in connection with the economic and political reconstruction of Iraq. The representatives of the Iraqi Governing Council assured Chancellor Schröder that it is their objective to build a democratic, free and federal Iraq, in which religious and human rights will be respected. They indicated that they would like to see a stronger role for the United Nations in Iraq.
Schröder offered Germany's support in
connection with Iraq's process of transformation to a market
economy and underscored German willingness to provide
substantial debt relief in the framework of the Paris Club
as well as help train Iraqi police personnel with a view to
improving the country's security situation. Schröder
welcomed the wish expressed by the Governing Council for a
stronger role for the United Nations, saying that this would
lend greater legitimacy to the process of transition to
democracy both from domestic and foreign vantage points. He
pledged further German support and assistance in connection
with constitutional reform.