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.”