NATO: We received a request in writing from “Haider Abadi” .. And stay in Iraq

NATO: We received a request in writing from “Haider Abadi” .. And stay in Iraq

Tuesday, March 06 2018 at 12: 12 pm

NATO - We received a request in writing from Haider Abadi .. And stay in IraqFollow-up / Sky Press

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said NATO troops would remain in Iraq “at the request of” local authorities, four days after the Iraqi parliament called for a “timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops” from the country.

“We are here because Iraq wants this, we are not here without the consent and invitation of Iraq,” Stoltenberg said in a press statement during a rare visit to Baghdad, during which he met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. “We received a written request from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Which is necessary. ”

He added that troops sent by 19 NATO countries “intensify their training” for Iraqi forces, “especially in the field of demining, military medicine and equipment maintenance.”

Stoltenberg praised the “important shift” of Iraqi forces, which moved from collapse in 2014 to confront jihadists to the restoration of all cities by the end of 2017, noting that “the Atlantic will take the training as long as necessary to ensure that no organization is called up again.”

To achieve this, the alliance will also help Iraq “establish schools and military academies” and “work on institutional reforms, including combating corruption.”