On his first visit to Iraq since Russia invaded his country, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba is expected in Baghdad on Monday, the foreign ministry said.
Kuleba is due to hold talks with Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein as well as Prime Minister Mohamed Shia Al-Sudani, the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.
They will discuss “bolstering bilateral ties, as well as regional and international” issues, said the statement quoting foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahhaf.
Kuleba’s visit comes less than a week after Sudani received a phone call from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
At the time, Zelensky said he was “keen to develop relations with Iraq in all fields” describing it as “a pivotal and influential country,” according to a statement from Sudani’s office.
Iraq maintains good economic ties with both Kiev and Moscow, and has adopted a neutral stance since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.
In February this year, the Iraqi foreign minister reiterated Baghdad’s support for a cease-fire and negotiations to end the war in Ukraine, during a visit to Baghdad by his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.