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Iraq renews its desire to open up to the international community, both economically and commercially


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Tue, Jun 29, 2021 7:15 PM

Baghdad / National News Center

Today, Tuesday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi revealed the content of his visit to Brussels, indicating that the focus will be on activating economic agreements between Iraq and the European Union countries.

The media office of the Prime Minister stated, in a statement received by the "National News Center", that "Al-Kazemi and the accompanying delegation left the capital, Baghdad, on an official visit to the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels, and he will conduct a series of meetings and dialogues with the Belgian side and the European Union to enhance the level of Iraqi-European cooperation." “.

Prior to his departure, the Prime Minister stressed, according to the statement, that "the visit will focus on activating the agreements concluded between Iraq and the European Union countries, and in a way that contributes to Iraq's overcoming the economic crisis and expanding the scope of investments."

He added, "Iraq faces a seasonal shortage in the supply of electric power that the government feels and will take measures to address it, knowing that we have opened 4 major electric power stations this year, and we look forward to opening more stations in the coming months."

Al-Kazemi indicated that "the production of electrical energy has reached its highest level over the past decades, but the challenges are still great, and we still need more hard work to rise to the level of our people's entitlement and their legitimate rights, including energy provision."

He stressed that "the electricity crisis is the result of poor planning in this field, and waste of money and energies for the past long years without a clear methodology for a long-term solution."

He added, "This government inherited a legacy of poor planning in the field of energy and worked during the past year to expand investments in electric power, in addition to activating the investment of Iraqi gas, which is the decisive factor in operating our electric stations, most of which run on gas, which reflects the previous poor planning and the absence of strategic plans." In this area".

Al-Kazemi stressed that "the discussions that he will hold with the European Union countries will focus on this field, in addition to other economic, security and political fields."

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Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi arrives in Brussels

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Baghdad / NINA / - Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi arrived in Brussels today.

Al-Kazemi had gone to Brussels last night on an official visit to the headquarters of the European Union.

Prior to his departure, the Prime Minister said that the visit will focus on activating the agreements concluded between Iraq and the European Union countries, and in a way that contributes to Iraq overcoming the economic crisis and expanding the scope of investments./End of 7
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  Baghdad: morning
 
Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi confirmed that his discussions in Brussels will focus on activating the agreements that were concluded between Iraq and the European Union countries, in a way that contributes to Iraq overcoming the economic crisis and expanding the scope of investments.
The Prime Minister and his accompanying delegation left the capital, Baghdad, yesterday evening, on an official visit to the European Union headquarters in Brussels.
It is hoped that he will conduct a series of meetings and dialogues with the Belgian side and the European Union to enhance the level of Iraqi-European cooperation.
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I am not falling for it this time. They did this the latter part of last year and then everything came to a halt. Pass the HCL. implement the budget, complete the census, finish building the New CBI, etc and then I may raise an eyebrow....It is still good news though!! 

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Would be nice if the EU advised bring your currency value up so we're more interested in investing and realizing the agreements the EU signed with Iraq. Hold Iraq's feet to the fire, pressure it to revalue for economic realizations and to help the poverty stricken there. 

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The above comments are on target for Iraq's behaviour until a year ago.  I just don't see it applying to Kazemi.  He has been nothing like his predecessors of these last 18 years.  The reason I believe so  strongly in this finally being THE push to adequately adjust their financial structure is that nothing stops Kazemi.  I called him the anointed one when he took over.  His every major move seems blessed by every country and world leader both civil and religeous.  He is in the final steps now, imho, of tying up his White Papers and taking off.  This week is a good example as he meets and signs off on trade and investment plans rather than borrowing money with Egypt, Jordan and now the EU.  The man is a tireless worker rarely seen in Iraq and his success is so smooth that it seems almost pre-ordained.   

We are there........almost!    Notice I did not say soon, that death knell wording fit well with decades of delays, but this Kazemi guy, he is completely different.  Almost it is!

 

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Al-Kazemi calls on the European Union to raise the name of Iraq from the high-risk countries


June 30, 2021


Al-Kazemi calls on the European Union to raise the name of Iraq from the high-risk countries 1024


This came during Al-Kazemi's meeting with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, at the headquarters of the Commission, as part of his official visit to Belgium, according to a statement by the media office of the President of the Council.

During the meeting, Al-Kazemi expressed Iraq's aspiration to support the Union in the field of reconstruction of the cities that were liberated from ISIS and to fulfill the pledges of the Kuwait Donors Conference in 2018, in the field of reviving infrastructure and providing services at a level befitting the Iraqi citizen.

Al-Kazemi referred to the efforts made to remove the name of Iraq from the European Commission’s list of countries with a high risk of money laundering, and his call to form a committee to coordinate between the two parties in this regard, to support the government’s efforts to fight corruption and recover and prosecute smuggled funds in European countries.

The Prime Minister praised the government's efforts in attracting investors and facilitating their work in Iraq, calling on the European Commission to support these steps and support Iraq's trend towards financial and economic reform.

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 Baghdad: morning
Yesterday, Wednesday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discussed with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, at NATO headquarters in the Belgian capital, Brussels, measures to expand the framework of the NATO mission in Iraq according to Iraqi security priorities and in prior coordination with the government, while Al-Kazemi called on the European Union to form a committee. To raise the name of Iraq from the high-risk countries.
He also discussed, according to a statement, relations of cooperation and partnership between Iraq and NATO countries in various political, economic, security and commercial fields.
Al-Kazemi indicated the importance of developing relations between Iraq and NATO for the interests of the Iraqi people and the stability of the region and the world. He also stressed the importance that Iraq not be 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, NATO Secretary General Jens 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 in 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.
Meanwhile, Al-Kazemi confirmed that Iraq is looking forward to the European Union's support for the success of the early elections. 
Another statement stated that "Al-Kazemi met the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the headquarters of the Commission, as part of his official visit to Belgium," noting that "Al-Kazemi indicated during the meeting his appreciation for the role of the European Union in committing to Iraq's unity and sovereignty over its territory." Al-Kazemi explained, according to the statement, that "the government is determined to make the early elections that will be held next October a success, and thus looks forward to the European Union's support for these elections in the field of technical support for the Electoral Commission, electoral monitoring and coordination with the UNAMI mission on the path to completing the international efforts for electoral support that authorized by the UN Security Council. pointed to "
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Iraq and Belgium discuss ways to enhance cooperation in various fields

Iraq and Belgium discuss ways to enhance cooperation in various fields
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Mubasher: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discussed with his Belgian counterpart Alexandre de Bruy ways to enhance cooperation in various fields and issues of common interest.

This came during Al-Kazemi's official visit to the capital, Brussels, according to a statement by the media office of the President of the Council, today, Wednesday.

Al-Kazemi expressed his appreciation for Belgium's supportive stance for Iraq in fighting the terrorist organization ISIS through the international coalition, as well as its contribution to training and assisting Iraqi forces, and in the field of high intelligence cooperation between the two countries as part of efforts to confront terrorism.

 He also praised Belgium's support for the Iraq Stability Fund of the United Nations Development Program for the purpose of rebuilding liberated cities, in addition to supporting programs related to mine clearance and humanitarian aid programs implemented by the High Commissioner for Refugees.

 Al-Kazemi stressed the importance of holding a third political round within the framework of the political and diplomatic memorandum of understanding between the two countries, the second of which was held in Brussels three years ago.

He explained the importance of reopening the Belgian embassy in Baghdad, given the relations between the two countries and Belgium's support for Iraq in many areas, stressing the Iraqi government's responsibility to protect the security of diplomatic missions in Iraq and work hard to prevent the recurrence of attacks on Iraqi diplomatic missions and military bases that host foreign advisers and trainers.

 

In turn, Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Bruy praised the reform steps of the current government, stressing that it would provide any assistance Iraq needs in holding early elections and moving forward in achieving stability and reconstruction.

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Al-Kazemi's full speech at the meeting of representatives of NATO countries
 
 

  

Baghdad - people  

On Thursday, the Media Office of the Prime Minister published the most important statement of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi during his meeting with the permanent representatives of NATO countries in Brussels.  

  

 

  

  

Al-Kadhimi said, according to the statement, of which “Nass” received a copy, (1 July 2021), “Iraq highly values cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its member states, in order to support the rebuilding of our military institutions and enhance the capabilities of our armed forces and security services in the face of terrorism. We have a serious desire to develop this joint cooperation."  

Al-Kazemi added, "Iraq has suffered from political and security turmoil for more than four decades, the latest of which is the terrorist attack through the Kharijites of the era, the terrorist organization ISIS, whose crimes in the region and the world have not witnessed the likes of mass killing, displacement of civilians and the destruction of cultural monuments and infrastructure."  

The Prime Minister praised "the role played by NATO, as it was a partner in providing support for Iraq's efforts to defeat the terrorist organization ISIS, and we will certainly not forget the great sacrifices made by the Iraqi security forces, including the army, the federal police, the counter-terrorism forces, the Popular Mobilization, the Peshmerga, and volunteers from among the tribes." in various regions of Iraq.  

He pointed out that "Iraq was and still is the first line in the war against the terrorist organization ISIS, and this war, regardless of its severity, has earned our security forces significant experience at the regional and international levels."  

And he said, "Despite the huge security challenges, our forces managed, during the periods extending after the defeat of the strongholds of the organization, to deal severe and painful blows to its safe havens and havens one after the other, and we succeeded in dismantling its networks and sleeper cells spread in different regions of the country."  

The Prime Minister affirmed that "the progress we have made on the security front pushes us, through the strategic dialogue that we started in 2020 with the International Coalition, to find time and technical mechanisms for withdrawing the coalition's combat forces, and the continuation of cooperation in all fields, especially armament, rehabilitation, training and intelligence support." We seek to cooperate with NATO countries in sustaining training and working continuously to raise the readiness of our military and security capabilities."  


"We look forward to NATO countries continuing to train, qualify and equip our armed forces, support military colleges, expand police training programs, and train specialized skills and technicians in air and sea weapons to enable them to confront terrorism," Al-Kadhimi added.  


Al-Kazemi expressed his "hope, through these endeavors, to obtain the necessary expertise to build military institutions in a way that helps raise the level of their professionalism and efficiency, with the need to equip them with the necessary modern and advanced military equipment, hoping that we will strengthen efforts to reform the security system and contribute to maintaining Iraq's security and stability."  


He explained, "We in Iraq are proud of the religious, sectarian and national diversity of the components of the Iraqi people, and Iraq has succeeded in playing a constructive role in achieving security and stability within its regional and international surroundings. Wars and difficult circumstances have taught us that peaceful solutions are the basis on which we can establish strategic and positive relations, both with countries Neighborhoods, regional countries, and countries of the world.  


The Prime Minister called "to the member states of the alliance and the international community, to use security and military resources in the service of promoting peace and stability, and to entrust the delivery of humanitarian aid to areas affected by conflicts and wars, because crises and wars will not serve international peace and security."  


He stressed "the government's endeavor to present an economic reform paper called the White Paper, which is a comprehensive road map aimed at reforming the Iraqi economy and addressing the serious challenges it faces."  


He added, "Challenges have accumulated in front of the Iraqi economy over the past years due to wrong policies, mismanagement, corruption and lack of planning, in addition to the almost total dependence on oil as a main source of state revenue."  


He pointed out that "the reform white paper aims to restore balance to the Iraqi economy, and put it on a path that allows the state to take appropriate steps in the future to develop it into a diversified economy that creates opportunities for citizens to live a decent life."  


And the Prime Minister indicated that "economic reforms cannot be achieved without achieving economic growth, and that Iraq is seeking to encourage the international community to enhance investment opportunities in Iraq in a way that guarantees the achievement of sustainable development that contributes to supporting economic reform."  


He pointed out that "the pledge we made at the beginning of my assumption of the position of prime minister is to hold legislative elections, and we affirm our commitment, through discussions with all political and popular forces, on the need to ensure free, fair and fair elections."  


Al-Kadhimi stressed, "We are making all efforts to ensure electoral security through military and security plans that we have been preparing for months, and through training and practices carried out by security institutions in preparation for election day, aimed at protecting voters, international observers and journalists."  


He said, "The government adopted the law of the Independent High Electoral Commission, and we sought to approve a budget for the commission. We also welcomed the UN Security Council resolution supporting the elections in Iraq, in addition to the role of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq by coordinating the presence of international observers to monitor the elections, and directed us to overcome all obstacles that It is possible that the voting process and the next stage will face it, and we have set the tenth of next October as the date for holding the elections.”  


He stated that "the terrorism that destroys mosques, churches and hospitals and kills innocent people in the cities of Iraq is the same that strikes the cities of the world. Therefore, we must strive to spare Iraq from being an arena for regional conflicts on the one hand or international conflicts on the other."    


He stressed that "Iraq's security and stability is affected by the security of the region, and the security of the region can only be achieved by adhering to international resolutions that call on all parties to the conflict to abide by international legitimacy, respect human rights, non-interference in the internal affairs of countries and avoid launching any cross-border aggression for any independent and sovereign country." Noting in this regard Iraq's categorical refusal to use its territory to attack its neighbors."  


Al-Kazemi renewed his "thanks and appreciation, and highly valued the stances in support of Iraq, its people, its institutions and its democratic experience, and we look forward to continuing cooperation in vital areas, military training and training of the military police in Iraq, in consultation with the Iraqi government."  


He concluded by saying: "We appreciate and appreciate the assistance of the NATO countries to Iraq in supporting construction and reconstruction projects and achieving economic development that requires providing security and stability in a way that guarantees experts, technicians and companies to start their investments under optimal security conditions, which will therefore serve the security, safety, stability and interests of our peoples looking forward to building, reconstruction, prosperity and progress." ". 

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The European Parliament announces its readiness for the success of the upcoming elections in Iraq

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Baghdad - Mawazine News
The European Parliament announced, on Thursday, its readiness for the success of the upcoming elections in Iraq.
A statement of the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a copy of which was received by Mawazine News, stated that "Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein received at his residence in Brussels, the Chairman of the Committee for Relations with Iraq in the European Parliament, the Spanish Socialist Representative Domenez Ruiz Deveza and his accompanying delegation, and during the meeting, prospects were discussed. Cooperation between the two sides and ways to develop bilateral relations and partnership cooperation between Iraq and the European Union," noting that "this meeting came within the framework of the visit of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi and his accompanying delegation to the Belgian capital, Brussels."
During the meeting, the minister presented a summary of the latest political developments in Iraq and the region, especially the issue of holding parliamentary elections and the great importance they represent for strengthening the political process in Iraq, praising the European Union's decision to participate in election monitoring, stressing the need for continued European support for Iraq. In all fields".
For his part, Representative Devisa referred to "the continuous work, in coordination with the embassy, to raise the level of cooperation between the two sides, especially since Iraq is an important political, economic and security partner of the European Union," praising "the Iraqi government's adoption of a balanced policy away from blocs and entrenchments and its quest to open up to all countries in the region." ".
He expressed his happiness "with the success of His Holiness's visit to Iraq and the positive messages it sent to the whole world. He also affirmed his personal support for the success of the upcoming elections in Iraq," expressing his desire "to visit Iraq within the European team to monitor the upcoming Iraqi elections." Ended 29/A43

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Shafaq News/ An official government source said on Thursday that Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will visit Italy and the Vatican.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, that Al-Kazemi will travel from the Belgian capital, Brussels, to Rome, and then to the Vatican for the purpose of meeting and meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis I.

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, began his official European tour the day before yesterday, Tuesday, by visiting the Belgian capital, Brussels.

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22 hours ago, Laid Back said:

Al-Kazemi is on a mission to bring Iraq to the world stage.

I wish he would get on a mission to jail all the corrupt politicians and bankers in the country…..

I’m thinking his mission might be a little easier and more productive if he could curb some of the corruption in his country…

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24 minutes ago, DoD said:

I wish he would get on a mission to jail all the corrupt politicians and bankers in the country…..

I’m thinking his mission might be a little easier and more productive if he could curb some of the corruption in his country…

Thanks for your input DoD,

Not an easy task when almost everybody is corrupted. But as soon they implemented the e-government project ( e-contracts, e-customs, e-banking, e-payment, e-salaries. etc) It will help to curb corruption. Just my opinion.!

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Will Al-Kazemi succeed in removing the name of Iraq from the list of countries with a high risk of money laundering?

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Baghdad / Obelisk: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kazemi called, on Thursday, July 1, 2021, the European Union to remove his country's name from its list of countries with a high risk of money laundering, stressing the need to form a coordination committee between the two parties to support Baghdad's efforts to fight corruption and recover smuggled money. and pursued in European countries.

The Prime Minister referred to the efforts made to remove Iraq's name from the European Commission's list of countries with a high risk of money laundering, calling for the formation of a committee to coordinate between the two parties in this regard and support the government's efforts in fighting corruption and recovering and prosecuting smuggled funds in European countries.

Al-Kazemi affirmed his government's determination to implement its reform white paper, noting what it has done in the field of attracting investors and facilitating their work in Iraq, calling on the European Commission to support Iraq's trend towards financial and economic reform.

For her part, von der Leyen praised the economic reforms pursued by the Iraqi government headed by the White Paper and the anti-corruption mechanisms considered steps towards bold reforms that it is important for Iraq to pursue, and expressed the Commission's support for them.
 
On May 23, Iraqi President Barham Salih announced that $150 billion had been smuggled from corruption deals abroad since 2003, stressing that these funds were enough to put the country in a better place.

And Iraq had previously announced in July 2020 the launch of a political and diplomatic campaign with European countries to raise its name in its list of high-risk countries that witness money laundering and terrorist financing operations because of the danger this poses to the Iraqi economy and foreign investments on its soil, which was listed in 2019.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fouad Hussein expressed Iraq's disappointment with the decision of the European Union Commission and explained that Iraq had made great progress, which in 2019 led to its removal from the global list of the Task Force on International Financial Action "FATF" for countries with strategic deficiencies in anti-laundering operations. money, and the financing of terrorism.

Minister Hussein stressed in a letter to his European counterparts that Iraq has implemented important laws and procedures over the years with the aim of combating money laundering and terrorist financing and mitigating the risks associated with it.

It is noteworthy that under European Union laws, banks and other financial companies and tax companies are obliged to more carefully scrutinize their customers who have dealings with the countries on the list: Afghanistan, Iraq, Vanuatu, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen, Uganda, Trinidad and Tobago, Iran and North Korea

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Iraq seeks to possess effective tools to curb money laundering and terrorist financing

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Baghdad / Obelisk: Money laundering and terrorist financing operations in Iraq are a source of concern after the phenomenon has spread since 2003 as a result of poor management and weak oversight.

 Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi has sought, since assuming the premiership, to eliminate money laundering and terrorist financing operations to remove Iraq from the list of high-risk countries in money laundering operations.

On Thursday, July 1, 2021, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Kazemi called on the European Union to remove his country's name from its list of countries with a high risk of money laundering, stressing the need to form a coordination committee between the two parties to support Baghdad's efforts in fighting corruption and recovering and prosecuting smuggled funds in European countries.

Iraq is trying to have the appropriate tools to curb the whales of corruption that have swallowed public funds over the past 17 years.

In July 2020, Iraq announced the launch of a political and diplomatic campaign with European countries to raise its name in its list of high-risk countries that witness money laundering and terrorist financing.

The decision to put Iraq on the list constituted a danger to the Iraqi economy and foreign investments on its lands, whose name was included in 2019.

Adviser to the Prime Minister for Financial Affairs, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, said that removing the name of Iraq from the list of countries with high risks in the issue of money laundering and terrorism financing crimes, will provide the Iraqi financial market with an increase in the confidence of the international financial community towards Iraq and its banking institutions.

In July 2019, the European Commission included Iraq and some other countries, among the list of countries that pose financial risks to the Union due to the apparent failure to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

And sales of hard currency are carried out through the window of the Central Bank, to banks, private banks and financial transfer sectors with the aim of importing goods and services.

Authorities and personalities who manage a number of banks are accused of acquiring the total that is being sold, but the move to reduce the value of the dinar against the dollar paralyzed this phenomenon and shocked the personalities who were trading Iraqi money.

Economists considered that the currency auction is one of the most dangerous unknown corruption files in Iraq, which are unknown because they are linked to partisan interests with regional and international extensions.

Over the past years, the corrupt have devised many ways to launder money and smuggle it outside the country, and parties have even exploited public money to finance terrorism.

 

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization "NATO" decided , Thursday, to expand its presence in Iraq in order to confront the threats posed by the terrorist organization "ISIS", which has increased significantly during the recent period.
In a statement, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltberg said that NATO will expand its presence in Iraq, and is committed to increasing the number of its forces to 8 times, i.e. to 4,000 soldiers, explaining that this expansion comes to confront the remnants of terrorists.
The alliance indicated that Stoltenberg held a lengthy meeting with the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi , at the NATO headquarters in Brussels, and assured him that Iraq can count on the support of NATO, pointing out that "NATO is ready to expand cooperation between Iraq and the coalition."
Stoltenberg explained that the mission of the foreign forces will be non-combat, and of a purely training and advisory nature, indicating that the Iraqi forces will remain required to provide security and confront ISIS.
The Iraqi Prime Minister met, earlier on Thursday, with the permanent representatives of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, according to a statement by his media office. Building our military institutions and strengthening the capabilities of our armed forces and security services in the face of terrorism, and we have a serious desire to develop this joint cooperation,” he said, adding that the alliance was a partner in providing support for Iraq’s efforts to defeat ISIS.
And he added, "Iraq was and still is the first line in the war against the terrorist organization ISIS, and this war, regardless of its severity, has earned our security forces significant experience at the regional and international levels," noting that Baghdad seeks to cooperate with NATO countries to maintain training, And work continuously to raise the readiness of its military and security capabilities.
"We look forward to NATO countries continuing to train, qualify and equip our armed forces, support military colleges, expand police training programs, and train specialized skills and technicians in various types of air and sea weapons to enable them to confront terrorism," he added, expressing his hope to "obtain the necessary expertise to build institutions." This will help raise the level of its professionalism and efficiency, with the need to equip it with the necessary modern and advanced military equipment.”

An official in the Iraqi Foreign Ministry confirmed that the government is making unremitting efforts to benefit from the experiences enjoyed by the NATO forces in Iraq, explaining to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the dialogues between Baghdad and NATO previously focused and still focus on that cooperation should be It is limited to training Iraqi forces and providing them with the equipment and weapons they need, without the Alliance carrying out any military missions on the ground.
NATO forces are present in Iraq, at the Victoria base near Baghdad International Airport, and in a small location inside the Green Zone in Baghdad, in addition to the Harir base in Erbil (the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq).

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