Fri, Mar 12, 2021
On 11 March 2021, H.E. Mr. Hussein held a virtual video conference with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in which he talked about the cooperation between Iraq and NATO and the latter’s training mission in Iraq.
For his part, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, NATO Secretary-General, focused on discussions of the long-standing political and military dialogue between NATO and Iraqi officials, including his regular contacts with the Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and Foreign Minister Mr. Hussein.
Mr. Stoltenberg emphasized that the presence of NATO forces in Iraq is upon the request of the Government of Iraq in order to strengthen its military institutions and security forces in order to be able to achieve stability in Iraq, fight terrorism and prevent the return of ISIS. He also mentioned that the NATO mission in Iraq will continue to implement its activities in the field of consultation, training and capacity building, in full respect for the sovereignty of Iraq and its territorial integrity and with the approval of the Iraqi government and close coordination with other international actors including the International Coalition, the European Union and the United Nations.
Mr. Stoltenberg also congratulated Mr. 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 partner countries, namely Australia, Finland and Sweden.
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