Saturday, April 11, 2009

Russia and Iraq urge establishment of a New World Order

Published on 04-11-2009   Source: Xinhua

Russia and Iraq signed a joint communique here on Friday, calling for the establishment of a new world order and speaking highly of the agreement on the forces pullout from Iraq, local media reported.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his visiting counterpart Nuri al-Maliki signed the communique after negotiations, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

In order to ensure global peace and security, assume international accountability and strengthen multilateral cooperation, Russia and Iraq urged the establishment of a new world order, which strictly abides by UN charters and resolutions and is based on well-acknowledged international laws and principles, said the communique.

Both sides also pledged to enhance cooperation in setting up the order, and have reached agreement on issues like anti-terrorism, trans-border organized crimes, illegal drug trafficking and arm dealing.

The two countries will collaborate on arms control, nonproliferation and nuclear weapons reduction, said the communique. They also encouraged regional and global dialogues between different cultures and religions.

Russia also attributed particular significance to the agreement on the pullout of foreign forces from Iraq, saying it enables the transfer of control over Iraqi security to Baghdad.

Russia firmly supports principles such as the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iraq, said the communique, and strongly opposes any terrorist acts within Iraqi borders.

Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki started his visit to Moscow on Thursday by the invitation of Putin. He has held discussions with both President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Putin, concerning political, economic, energy, military and safety issues.

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