HC Deb 29 October 1980 vol 991 c290W
17. Mr. van Straubenzee

asked the Lord Privy Seal what steps have been taken in the past three months to improve relations with Iraq.

Mr. Ridley

Since my hon. Friend the Member for Mid-Oxon (Mr. Hurd) paid a useful visit to Baghdad in July, normal bilateral exchanges have continued at official level. We hope that when the present hostilities between Iraq and Iran cease, there will be further opportunities for exchanges of views both on issues which affect our bilateral relations, including commercial relations and consular cases, and on regional and international questions of mutual interest and concern.

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