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Abdul-Mahdi Appreciates Coalition Forces’s Presence in Iraq

Iraqi PM Adil Abdul-Mahdi has appreciated the presence of the US-led international coalition forces in Iraq, hailing their role in combatting terrorism, the premier’s office said in a statement on Thursday.

Abdul-Mahdi made the remarks during a phone call with the UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Thursday where the Iraqi leader reaffirmed his country’s keenness to develop relations with the UK and further cooperations in the fight against terrorism, providing stability, and improving economic prosperity.

The Prime Minister stressed Iraq’s keenness to develop relations with Britain and to continue the cooperation in the field of combating terrorism and achieving stability and economic prosperity, the statement added.

The Iraqi prime minister further pointed out that his government places priority on opening trade channels with the neighboring countries and establishing a network of relations that will serve the security and stability of the peoples of the region.

Concerning the presence of the coalition forces, however, Abdul-Mahdi noted that the foreign forces provide military training and advice to the Iraqi forces and that they are in Iraq at the invitation of Baghdad while there are no military bases for the foreign troops.

“Iraq is a democratic country with many opinions and positions on various issues of interest to the country,” the statement concluded. Source