French President: keen to help guarantee Iraq's security and economic sovereignty

Iraq's President Barham Salih and French President Emmanuel Macron review the honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Green Zone in Baghdad, Iraq September 2, 2020. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron, who is visiting Iraq, said on Wednesday he aimed to help guarantee its security and economic sovereignty.

Macron, on his first official trip to Iraq, and was due to hold a joint news conference with Iraqi President Barham Salih.

“In Baghdad... where I have just expressed our support for Iraq at this challenging time. There are many challenges in terms of guaranteeing Iraq’s sovereignty in all its dimensions, ... both inside the country and elsewhere in the region,” he wrote on Twitter.

Reporting by John Irish; editing by John Stonestreet