NATO Secretary General restresses NATO’s continued cooperation with Iraq in phone call with new Iraq Prime Minister
Today (8 May 2020), NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg held a phone call with new Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. The Secretary General congratulated him on his appointment and parliamentary confirmation.
NATO Secretary General visited Iraq on 16 September 2019.
“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. The NATO Secretary General pointed out that he would direct NATO staff in Baghdad to reach out to the Iraqi authorities to this effect.
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 NATO Secretary General also wished Prime Minister Al-Kadhimi and the Iraqi people a peaceful Holy Month of Ramadan.