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Welcome from the Chair

Welcome to the website of the European Parliament's Delegation for relations with the Republic of Iraq.

As the elected Chair of the Delegation, I will preside over our regular meetings in Brussels and Strasbourg and set the agenda for our work with our Iraqi partners. During this term of the European Parliament, while respecting the independence of the Iraqi parliament, I am committed to work to ensure that the European Parliament's positions are taken into full account in all policy areas pertaining to our relations with country.

In addition to our regular meetings within the European Parliament, the delegation will hold bilateral inter-parliamentary meetings (IPMs) with the Iraqi parliament. These meetings contribute to strengthening the relations between the EU and the Iraq, enhancing our cooperation in several policy fields and improving our mutual understanding.

As one of the "diplomatic arms of the European Parliament", the Delegation for relations with the Iraq actively contributes to representing the European Union in the country while promoting the values on which the European Union is founded, namely the principles of liberty, democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the rule of law.

Moreover, as a part of my mandate, and in full cooperation with my colleagues, I will multiply our efforts to reinforce the role of parliamentary diplomacy, contribute to the sustainable and peaceful development of the country, open a dialogue on issues related to religious and ethnic minorities and work towards a more inclusive society where the role of women is strengthened.

I look forward to guiding our Delegation through the current challenging times.

Sara Skyttedal, Chair 2019-2024