Iraq and NATO talk about supporting Iraqi forces and regional stability

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A senior Iraqi government official and head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission to Iraq spoke on Sunday about NATO’s support for Iraqi forces as well as methods to improve regional stability.

According to a statement from the office of Iraqi national security adviser Qasim al-media Araji, al-Araji and Michael Anker Lollesgaard, head of NATO’s mission in Iraq, “discussed ways to strengthen security and stability in the region, as well as NATO’s support for Iraq”. in the area of ​​consulting and training Iraqi forces.

According to sources, al-Araji pointed out during the meeting that the Iraqi government is responsible for protecting Iraq and keeping it out of regional conflicts, and reaffirmed “Iraq’s refusal to to use its lands, airspace and waterways as a launching pad for any assault on any country.”

The meeting took place as US-led coalition forces withdrew from Iraq and the mission of the remaining foreign soldiers shifted to providing advice, assistance and empowerment to security forces Iraqis.

The Iraqi parliament passed a resolution on January 5, 2020, mandating the administration to withdraw foreign forces from the country. The United States and Iraq convened a strategic discussion conference in July this year, during which the two countries agreed to withdraw all US combat forces from Iraq by December 31.

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