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Wednesday 12th September 2012 | 20:32
Speaking on arrival, the Foreign Secretary said:
"I am delighted to be in Baghdad to reaffirm the UK's long standing relationship with Iraq, and to build on the commercial co-operation and educational links between our countries. I look forward to meetings with Prime Minister Maliki and Foreign Minister Zebari, in which we will talk about UK support for the political process in Iraq, and discuss how the international community can work together to bring an end to the bloodshed in Syria.
"The appalling terrorist attacks earlier this week demonstrate that some in Iraq remain opposed to progress. I extend my deepest condolences to the families of those who were killed. The UK will continue to support the efforts of the Iraqi government and the vast majority of the Iraqi people to advance the political process and ensure that the country continues on its path to stability."