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Brussels, 3 January 2010

Message of congratulation from President Barroso to Mr Nouri al-Maliki, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq

“On behalf of the European Commission, I am honoured to express my sincere congratulations on your reappointment as Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq.

On this occasion, I wish to confirm to you that the European Commission is fully committed to continuing its cooperation with Iraq. We shall support your government’s ongoing efforts to reconstruct the country and to consolidate Iraq’s democratic political system. We also hope to see steady growth of trade and investment between the EU and Iraq in the years ahead.

I look forward to working closely with your government and I am confident that with the EU-Iraq Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which should be signed soon, we will be able to further strengthen the partnership between Iraq and the European Union. I wish you every success in your renewed mandate.”

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