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NATO Reaffirms Support to “Continued Cooperation” with Iraq

NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg had a phone call with Iraq’s New Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on Friday during which he reiterated his support to “continued cooperation” between NATO and Iraq, a statement confirmed.

“I want to thank you, Mr. Prime Minister, for your unwavering commitment to the fight against terrorism; this is important for Iraq and for all NATO Allies; NATO will never forget the sacrifices made by the Iraqi forces and people,” the NATO Secretary General said.

“NATO remains fully committed to continue its efforts to strengthen the Iraqi security forces and institutions and to step up our cooperation with the Iraqi government in the fight against terrorism,” he added.

After several months of a political deadlock in Iraq, the country’s parliament voted on Kadhimi’s cabinet on Wednesday, May 6.

The NATO secretary general also wished Iraq success in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Mr. Stoltenberg expressed solidarity with the Iraqi people in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic. He highlighted that NATO stands ready to consider assistance, upon request from the Iraqi authorities,” the statement concluded. Source