said Prime Minister Adel Abdul - Mahdi on Thursday that his government put at the forefront of its priorities openness to neighboring countries, while pointing out that Iraq was keen to develop relations with Britain , and continue to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and to achieve stability and economic prosperity. 

"Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi received a telephone call from British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in which he confirmed the support of the Iraqi government and support its efforts to consolidate security and stability and strengthen Iraq's status in its Arab, regional and international environment," the media office said in a statement.

"Iraq is keen to develop relations with Britain and continue to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and achieve stability and economic prosperity," the statement quoted Abdul Mahdi as saying. 

"The Iraqi government places priority on opening up neighboring countries and establishing a network of relations that will serve the security, stability and development of the people of the region," he said.

"The government appreciates its role in combating terrorism and providing training and advice. It is present at the invitation of the Iraqi government and moves with its approval. There are no foreign military bases. There are no other targets for these forces except to combat the encouragement and training of the forces," the prime minister said. Iraq, "noting that" Iraq is a democratic state with multiple views and positions on various issues of interest to the country. "