Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the UN, United States

Netherlands sees business opportunities in Iraq

Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal sees major opportunities in Iraq for Dutch businesses and has discussed this with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani. A Dutch trade delegation comprising companies from the oil and gas and agricultural sectors will be visiting Baghdad, Basra and Erbil from 2 to 8 June.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal sees major opportunities in Iraq for Dutch businesses and has discussed this with Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Hussain al-Shahristani. A Dutch trade delegation comprising companies from the oil and gas and agricultural sectors will be visiting Baghdad, Basra and Erbil from 2 to 8 June.

The ministers also discussed Iraq’s neighbours Iran and Syria. Mr Rosenthal emphasised the importance of Iraq’s support for UN envoy Kofi Annan’s plan for Syria. Mr Rosenthal and Mr Al-Shahristani discussed the meeting in Baghdad on 23 May in which the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany will talk to Iran about its nuclear programme.

In addition, Mr Rosenthal conveyed his concerns about the position of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq, particularly in Nineveh. He expressed support for the efforts the UN has made to find a solution for the residents of Camp Ashraf.

Deputy Prime Minister Al-Shahristani will receive the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award for freedom from fear in Middelburg on Saturday 12 May.