Putin and Merkel congratulate Abdul Mahdi on the formation of the government and emphasize the continued cooperation of their countries with Iraq in various fields

BAGHDAD Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on forming a government.

"The Russian President stressed his country's keenness to strengthen bilateral relations and to continue to support Iraq and to continue joint cooperation for the benefit of the two friendly countries," the media office of the PM said.

It added: that the "German Chancellor Merkel congratulated Abdul Mahdi, wishing him success in his mission, stressing Germany's support for the new government in various fields."

Source: National Iraqi News Agency