Strategic relationship a priority

Iraq’s national security advisor affirms cooperation with NATO mission

BAGHDAD, September 21 — Iraqi National Security Advisor Qasim Al-Araji affirmed on Wednesday the country’s commitment to cooperation with the NATO mission, highlighting the strategic relationship aimed at exchanging expertise and information during a meeting with a delegation from the Dutch Ministry of the Interior.

The statement from the Advisor’s Office, translated by 964, read:

National Security Advisor Qasim Al-Araji received a high-level delegation from the Dutch Ministry of the Interior in his office today, Wednesday, in the presence of the Head of the European Union Advisory Mission in Iraq, Mr. Anders Friborg.

During the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance cooperation and benefit from the experiences of friendly countries to develop the capabilities of the Iraqi police.

Mr. Al-Araji emphasized Iraq’s keenness to collaborate with the NATO mission, highlighting that the relationship between Iraq and NATO is strategic and serves the interests of sharing expertise, consultation, and information. He reaffirmed that the Iraqi security forces have gained valuable field experience in their battle against ISIS, which must be further developed and enriched through cooperation with friendly nations.

Mr. Al-Araji also pointed out that the world is still united against terrorism, emphasizing the need to strengthen positions against extremism, hate speech, and radicalization.

He underscored the importance of cooperation and the utilization of international expertise in the development of community policing skills, highlighting the significant role played by this category within society and the reassurance it brings to citizens.