Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed holds talks with Iraqi president

Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi repeats UAE's support for Iraq

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - November 22, 2020: HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (L) chairs a virtual Supreme Petroleum Council meeting.

( Hamed Al Mansoori for the Ministry of Presidential Affairs )

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, reaffirmed the UAE's support for Iraq in a call with the country's president.

Sheikh Mohamed reviewed efforts to bolster ties with Barham Salih.

The veteran politician was elected as President of Iraq in October, 2018.

Mr Salih, like leaders around the globe, has had to deal with the wide-ranging effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the past year.

Sheikh Mohamed and Mr Salih discussed ways to address the effects of the pandemic on Iraq's health sector and economy.

The two spoke of their desire to accelerate co-operation and promote fraternal relations between the countries.

They discussed the importance of supporting the pillars of peace, stability and development across the Middle East.

Mr Salih expressed his thanks to Sheikh Mohamed for the support shown to his people by the Emirates.

In 2018, the UAE pledged to fund the rebuilding of the 800-year-old Al Nuri Mosque, famous for its leaning minaret, which was destroyed by ISIS the previous year.

Iraq's Minister of Defence, Juma Saadoun, visited Wahat Al Karama martyrs' memorial in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

Mr Saadoun was welcomed by Sheikh Khalifa bin Tahnoun, executive director of the Martyrs’ Families Affairs Office at the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court.

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, hosted Mr Saadoun and his delegation at Qasr Al Watan.