Iraq, GCC sign MoU for enhanced cooperation

                             By Naza Mohamed</p>  <p>BAGHDAD (AA) – Iraq on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding for enhanced cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).</p>  <p>The MoU was signed at a meeting in Baghdad between Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali al-Hakim and GCC Secretary-General Abdul Latif bin Rashid al-Zayani, who arrived in Iraq on Tuesday.</p>  <p>According to a statement issued by Iraq’s Foreign Ministry, the MoU calls for regular “political consultations [between Iraqi and GCC representatives] to allow for regular dialogue on issues of mutual interest”.</p>  <p>At Wednesday’s meeting, al-Hakim and al-Zayani also discussed Iraq-GCC relations “and means of enhancing them with a view to meeting the aspirations of the Arab people”.</p>    <p>At a joint press conference held after the meeting, al-Hakim praised Iraq’s “distinguished relations” with GCC member-states.</p>  <p>“The security and safety of the Gulf is the security and safety of Iraq,” he said.</p>  <p>Al-Zayani, for his part, said that GCC leaders, along with the GCC Secretariat-General, were “keen to establish a strategic dialogue and partnership with Iraq”.</p>  <p>Dominated by Saudi Arabia, the six-nation GCC also includes Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.