Shafaq News / The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, confirmed on Wednesday that Iraq represents the first line of resistance in the face of terrorism, while calling on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries to continue assistance in the field of training, armament and intelligence support.
This came during Al-Kazemi’s meeting with the permanent representatives of the member states at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the Belgian capital, Brussels, and in the presence of the Secretary-General of the Alliance, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg.
The Prime Minister affirmed, according to a statement issued by his media office, and received by Shafaq News Agency, Iraq’s appreciation for “joint cooperation with NATO countries, as it confronts terrorism,” and explained the Iraqi government’s position on efforts to “establish peace and security in the region” and Iraq’s positive and active role in this field.
Al-Kazemi praised “the role of the Iraqi armed forces of all kinds as they confront terrorism,” describing Iraq as “the first line of resistance in the war against the terrorist ISIS, which is the same terrorism that strikes any city in the world.”
He pointed out that “Iraq highly values the role of the Alliance in raising the combat level of the armed forces,” calling for “continued assistance in the field of training, armament and intelligence support, as well as Iraq’s determination to complete the construction of its security and military institutions.”
For their part, the permanent representatives of NATO member states expressed “their countries’ commitment to support Iraq and support the government’s efforts to support the capabilities of the security services,” stressing their appreciation and praise for “the progress achieved by Iraq in various political, security and economic fields.”
According to the statement, the permanent representatives expressed their readiness to “support the Iraqi government’s efforts to organize early, fair and fair elections,” praising at the same time “the great openness in Iraq’s international relations, especially the success of the Iraqi-Jordanian-Egyptian tripartite summit, which was hosted by Baghdad recently, and considered it a sign of the role.” The active regional role that Iraq offers in working to stabilize the region, develop its economy, and joint regional cooperation in a way that enhances the security and progress of its peoples.
The ambassadors of the NATO countries reiterated that “the work of the NATO mission in Iraq will only be in accordance with the request, needs and priorities of the Iraqi government,” expressing their confidence that “building on the development achieved by the Iraqi security forces will be an important factor in achieving security and stability, locally and regionally, which It will be reflected on the ability of the entire world to confront terrorist threats in the future.”
Baghdad / Obelisk: Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi met, on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, at NATO headquarters in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
The obelisk publishes the text of the statement:
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi meets the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels
Today, Wednesday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi met with the Secretary-General of NATO, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, at NATO headquarters in the Belgian capital, Brussels.
The meeting discussed relations of cooperation and partnership between Iraq and NATO countries in various political, economic, security and trade fields, as well as measures to expand the framework of the NATO mission in Iraq according to Iraqi security priorities and in prior coordination with the government.
Mr. Al-Kazemi indicated the importance of developing relations between Iraq and NATO for the benefit of the Iraqi people and the stability of the region and the world. He also stressed the importance of Iraq not being an arena for settling conflicts, or a springboard for aggression against any of its neighbors.
The Prime Minister indicated the need to cooperate with NATO to support the efficiency and capabilities of our forces and security institutions of all kinds, especially in the context of preparing to secure the upcoming early elections, as well as enhancing their capabilities to protect against terrorist and criminal attacks against citizens and infrastructure.
For his part, the Secretary-General of NATO, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, welcomed Mr. Al-Kazemi and his accompanying delegation, and praised his role, great efforts and leadership in Iraq in light of the great challenges facing Iraq, the region and the world.
Stoltenberg stressed that NATO countries will continue to support Iraq, saying, “Iraq can count on the support of NATO and its countries for your government and the approach it is working on.” He also congratulated the Iraqi government for the progress it has made in combating ISIS gangs and terrorist groups, and imposing the prestige of the state and the rule of law.
The Secretary-General of NATO expressed his readiness to expand cooperation between Iraq and the alliance, noting at the same time that the mission in Iraq is a non-combat mission of a purely training and advisory nature, and that any expansion of its work framework will be in accordance with the request, approval and priorities of the Iraqi government, as he indicated that the mission It will depend on the Iraqi security forces to provide its security and protection.
Baghdad – Mawazine News , Advisor to the Prime Minister, Alaa Abdul-Hussein Al-Saadi, confirmed, on Wednesday, that the white paper included 64 projects, stressing that international experts would be hired to implement them. Al-Saadi said, according to the official media, that “the white paper issued by the Iraqi government, in its first and second parts, identified a number of oil projects to increase export capacity, increase production, increase oil refineries, design energy, gas and gas extraction through 6 well-defined projects entrusted to the Ministry of Oil.” He continued that “the white paper includes two parts, the first part of which deals with the Iraqi economic reality and the goals and strategies followed by the government and the translation of these goals and strategies through the second part issued by the government and which included the mechanisms and governance of implementation, in addition to dividing these goals into strategic projects in various ministries.” Noting that “there are approximately 64 projects, and each project is divided into a number of goals that must be implemented, and set in a time period,” pointing out that “there are approximately 366 goals within the projects.” He stressed that “the announcement to start implementing the white paper projects will be issued soon,” noting that “some ministries have started implementing some projects, but the official announcement of the implementation has not started,” explaining that “during the coming period, preparations for the implementation process will be completed.” He pointed out that “the 64 projects included in the white paper, we will use to implement them with international expertise and international organizations, in order to provide the best experiences for each project separately, and we will launch a website for the implementation of the white paper, in order to achieve transparency and announce it to the people within a very soon.” Ended 29/A 43
WASHINGTON, DC (Kurdistan 24) – Robert Palladino is about to become America’s new Consul General in Erbil. He will assume that position in July, when he replaces Robert Waller.
This reporter knows Palladino from when he served as the State Department’s deputy spokesperson. Typically, there are many more journalists with questions than time to answer them, and the major US and international media have first claim on the briefer’s attention.
Yet at his briefings, Palladino regularly took questions from Kurdistan 24 and, with equal regularity, he gave thoughtful and considered responses.
So when Kurdistan 24 heard that he had been appointed to head the Consulate in Erbil, we reached out to him to learn how he views his new posting.
Palladino’s response was, indeed, as thoughtful and considered, as his answers to Kurdistan 24’s questions in the State Department briefings.
“Strengthening the Bonds between the United States and Iraqi Kurdistan Region”
“I am proud of America’s longstanding and historic partnership with Iraq’s Kurdish people,” Palladino said, and “I look forward to serving as the next American Consul General and to strengthening the bonds between the United States and Iraqi Kurdistan Region.”
“Like many Americans, I have long admired the Kurdish people’s ambition and determination,” he continued, before describing how that perspective related to his conduct of the press briefings.
“When I was the State Department’s deputy spokesperson from 2019-2020, I held press briefings for American and international journalists, Palladino said. “And during those briefings, I made a deliberate point to always call on the journalist from Kurdistan 24. I wanted everyone to hear questions from Kurdish media and wanted the United States to speak to the Kurdish people.”
Preparing for Assignment in Erbil
On his first visit to Erbil, in January 2019, accompanying then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as Palladino explained, “I was truly struck by the region’s natural beauty and the incredible people.”
“Over the past few months, I have studied the Kurdish language, history and culture,” he continued, “and my admiration for the Kurdish people has only grown.”
“Based on my past experiences with the Kurdish people and their generous hospitality, I am looking forward to returning to the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to serve as the next American Consul General,” he concluded.
Palladino most recently served as chief of staff to the Deputy Secretary of State. Before that, he was the State Department’s deputy spokesperson, and before that, acting National Security Council spokesperson.
He is a career diplomat, who has worked on key foreign policy and national security challenges across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Palladino has served in a variety of positions in the East Asian and Pacific Affairs bureau at the State Department in Washington, as well as overseas in China, Vietnam, and Italy. He speaks Chinese and Italian—and, pretty soon, Kurdish as well!
Palladino is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, the Washington & Lee University School of Law, and the US Army War College. Before joining the State Department, he practiced law in East Asia and Europe in the US Army’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.