The meeting took place in Moscow and became the logical conclusion
of the visit of the Iraqi delegation to Russia where the delegation of the
Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Iraq had arrived in order to get
familiar with the epidemic situation on highly dangerous avian and cattle
diseases in Russia.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Iraq Mr.
Mahdi Thumad Mhaisen thanked the Rosselkhoznadzor for the hospitality and the
interesting visit programme.
The Iraqi party reported that getting familiar with the
activities of the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate Federal Centre for Animal Health
(the FGBI “ARRIAH”) revealed the high level of the institute’s activities and
also its capability and facilities available as regards animal health
Sergey Dankvert pointed out that the scientific and human
resource base of the Federal Centre for Animal Health enables to educate the
Iraqi experts in several fields.
Summing up the visit the Iraqi party made a number of
suggestions as regards the development of cooperation between Russia and Iraq
such as signing an agreement between the Ministries of Agriculture of the two
countries, allocation of state-funded places for Iraqi students in Russian agricultural
Mr. Mahdi Thumad Mhaisen emphasized that Iraq was interested
in direct Russian poultry product deliveries. It requires the parties to sign a
relevant protocol of understanding concerning veterinary and sanitary food
Sergey Dankvert noted the interest of the country in arranging
grain deliveries to Iraq.
To that end the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor invited the
Iraqi colleagues to revisit Russia in order to get familiar with the existing
grain quality and safety control system both in Moscow and in any grain
production region of the country.
Particular emphasis was placed on the high level of the
activities of the Rosselkhoznadzor subordinate Grain Quality Assessment Centre.
Its experts are involved in inspections for the compliance with quality and
safety requirements for grain products exported to the world market.