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Thursday 11, March 2021 19:18
Baghdad / NINA / Today, Thursday, Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein gave a virtual briefing via video conference to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in which he focused on cooperation between NATO and Iraq and the NATO training mission in Iraq.
A Foreign Ministry statement said, "NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg focused on discussions of the long-standing political and military dialogue between NATO and Iraqi officials, including his regular contacts with Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and Minister Fuad Hussein."
Stoltenberg stressed, "The presence of NATO forces in Iraq is at the request of the Iraqi government in order to strengthen its institutions and security forces in order to be able to achieve stability in Iraq, fight terrorism and prevent the return of ISIS."
He added: "The NATO mission in Iraq will continue to carry out its activities in the field of advice, training and capacity building, and within full respect for the sovereignty of Iraq and territorial integrity and with the full approval of the Iraqi government and close coordination with other international actors, including the international coalition, the European Union and the United Nations."
Stoltenberg also congratulated Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein on "the historic visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Iraq, which demonstrated the continuous and professional development of the Iraqi security forces and institutions."
The meeting was attended by ambassadors of NATO member states and the partner countries, namely Australia, Finland and Sweden. / End 8
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