Madrid's defense minister visits Baghdad
Iraq and Spain discuss finalizing military memorandum of understanding
BAGHDAD – Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa’ Al-Sudani highlighted efforts to finalize a military memorandum of understanding with Spain during a meeting with Madrid’s defense minister on Thursday.
A statement from Al-Sudani’s office outlined discussions with Minister Margarita Robles.
This morning, Thursday, Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa’ Al-Sudani hosted a meeting with Spanish Minister of Defense, Ms. Margarita Robles, and her delegation. Discussions centered on broader Iraqi-Spanish relations, security cooperation, defense collaboration, and partnerships across different sectors.
The Prime Minister commended Spain’s role within the NATO mission in Iraq, underscoring Iraqi forces’ enhanced capabilities in countering terrorism, with the diminishing threat of ISIS remnants to Iraqi sovereignty.
Mr. Al-Sudani highlighted ongoing efforts to finalize a bilateral military memorandum of understanding between Iraq and Spain, following discussions held during Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s recent visit to Baghdad. Additionally, discussions encompassed cooperation in infrastructure modernization and development projects in Iraq, including contributions from Spanish companies.
Furthermore, the Prime Minister conveyed appreciation for Spain’s stance on the aggression against Gaza, and for supporting efforts for a ceasefire and stopping the genocide against the Palestinian people.
In response, the Spanish Minister expressed gratitude for Iraq’s support of Spanish participation in the NATO mission. She reaffirmed Spain’s commitment to partnership with Iraq and respect for Iraqi government decisions regarding the international coalition’s responsibilities. Efforts with the Iraqi Ministry of Defense are ongoing to finalize the bilateral memorandum of understanding, encompassing security, military cooperation, and collaboration in military industries.