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Iraqi PM calls for closer ties with China

During the Arab-China Summit in Riyadh, Muhammad Shia al-Sudani expressed Iraq's willingness to join the Belt and Road Initiative and expand ties and relationship with China.
Iraqi Prime Minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Riyadh, Dec. 9, 2022.

Iraqi prime minister Muhammad Shia al-Sudani called on Friday for strengthening relations between Arab states and China during the regional summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping.

At the event in Riyadh, Sudani asked China to assume a key role in the economic development of the entire region, which he said needs Chinese expertise and technologies in various fields — "particularly in combating poverty and epidemics, agriculture development in salt water, and efforts to combat desertification.” 

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