The President of the Republic Receives the Norwegian Minister of Defense


H.E. Dr. Barham Salih the President of the Republic received Mr. Frank Pac Jensen the Norwegian Minister of Defense, at the presidential office in Baghdad today morning Wednesday October 10th 2018.
At the beginning of the meeting, Minister Jensen congratulated President Barham Salih on the occasion of assuming his duties as President of the Republic, and he conveyed a message from Erna Solberg, the Norwegian Prime Minister, to President Barham Salih, expressing her wishes for success in the performance of his duties.
His Excellency praised the role of the Norwegian forces, within the international coalition against terrorism, and supporting the Iraqi armed forces in various formations, stressing the importance of strengthening military cooperation between the two countries, especially in the field of providing and training the Iraqi army and develop its combat capabilities.
President Barham Salih praised the military performance of the army, the federal police, the popular mobilization and the Peshmerga forces, as well as their efforts to confront the terrorist organization, stressing the importance of preserving the achievements of all formations of the Iraqi armed forces and working to strengthen the national role of the military establishment.
The President also stressed the importance of the positive role of Iraq in addressing regional and international tensions, which leads to stability in the region.
For his part, the Norwegian Minister of Defense, affirmed his country's commitment to support Iraq in all areas, stressing that his country is moving forward to strengthening the military capabilities of the Iraqi armed forces.
Mr. Jensen also noted the importance of all parties working to ensure that terrorism does not return to the region, and that efforts should be intensified to defeat it and eradicate it completely, as well as the importance of rebuilding the areas affected by terrorism.


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