FM, Iraqi defence minister review different aspects of defence cooperation
Associated Press Of Pakistan
BAGHDAD, (Iraq) May 30 — Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Minister of Defence of Iraq Jumaa Inad Saadoun Khattab Sunday reviewed the progress made on various aspects of defence collaboration between the two countries.
During a meeting at the Ministry of Defence, the two ministers noted with contentment the steady growth in bilateral defence relations.
Foreign Minister Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to further deepen and diversify bilateral cooperation in the fields of defence and defence production.
The two ministers agreed to continue exchanging senior level delegations to sustain the positive momentum in the growing defence relationship between the two countries.
The foreign minister rejoiced the opportunity of meeting the Iraqi Defence Minister twice within three months.
Recalling the visit of Pakistan’s minister for defence production to Iraq in January this year, he expressed satisfaction at frequent interactions at the ministerial level, which augured well for future bilateral defence ties of Pakistan and Iraq.
Foreign minister Qureshi said that this was reflected aptly by the participation of Iraqi Special Forces Paratroopers in the Pakistan National Day Parade on March 23.
Pakistan and Iraq enjoy close defence ties and today I met with Defence Minister #JumaInadSaadoun to further strengthen these. It was a great honour to have Iraqi Special Forces Paratroopers participate in 🇵🇰 National Day Parade & we look forward to more of such participation. pic.twitter.com/91ZMDKfT0e
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) May 30, 2021
The defence minister fondly recalled his visit to Islamabad in February and appreciated the professionalism of Pakistan’s Armed Forces and the technical advancements made by the country in defence production.
The foreign minister will be concluding his three-day visit to Iraq today. The visit (28-30 May 2021) was undertaken at the invitation of his Iraqi counterpart, Dr Fuad Hussein.