Iraq and NATO discuss support for Iraqi forces and regional stability
Update: December 26, 2021 9:14 p.m. STI
Baghdad [Iraq]Dec. 26 (ANI/Xinhua): A senior Iraqi government official and head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission in Iraq on Sunday discussed NATO’s support to Iraqi forces and ways to strengthen stability in the region.
Iraqi national security adviser Qasim al-Araji and head of the NATO mission in Iraq Michael Anker Lollesgaard “discussed ways to strengthen security and stability in the region, as well as NATO support to Iraq in advising and training Iraqi forces,” according to a statement from al-Araji’s media office.
During the meeting, al-Araji said that the Iraqi government was responsible for protecting Iraq and keeping it away from any regional conflict, and reiterated “Iraq’s refusal to use its lands, its airspace and its waters as a launching pad for any aggression against any country”.
The meeting took place as US-led coalition forces withdraw from Iraq and the mission task of the remaining foreign soldiers shifts to advising, assisting and empowering Iraqi security forces.
On January 5, 2020, the Iraqi parliament passed a resolution asking the government to end the presence of foreign forces in the country.
In July this year, the United States and Iraq held a strategic dialogue session, during which the two countries agreed to withdraw all American combat troops from Iraq by December 31. . (ANI/Xinhua)