Iraqi Vice-President urges German firms to return to Iraq
Following a German minister's visit, Iraq's vice-president encourages increased German participation in the rebuilding of the country
Baghdad -- Iraqi Vice-President Tariq al-Hashimi on Sunday urged German firms to take the active role in rebuilding Iraq that they played in the country in past decades.
Al-Hashimi was speaking after talks with visiting German Federal Minister of Economics and Technology Michael Glos.
"Despite the importance of the visit, it should be followed by practical steps to encourage German firms to come to Iraq where they would meet Iraqi investors and businessmen and visit plants (the firms) had built in the 1970s and 1980s and consider plans to upgrade them," al-Hashimi said.
"Iraq is now open and seeks foreign investment. Firms that are late will waste promising opportunities to have a good share in reconstruction contracts and deals," the vice-president said.
"This is advice to all German firms and businessmen," al-Hashimi said, adding that the Iraqi government would give every assistance to German businesses seeking to come to Iraq.
Glos met also Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih in charge of the reconstruction portfolio as well as other trade and economic officials.