Williamson's policy reveals the reason for his visit to Iraq: the fierce battle of Mosul after the World War[/size]
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British Defense Secretary Gliffen Williamson told a news conference in Baghdad after talks with his Iraqi counterpart Irfan al-Hayali hours after his arrival that Iraq had won a major victory against the organization of Da'ash, the most powerful terrorist group after three years of fighting.
He noted that his presence in Iraq aims to confirm his country's firm commitment to Iraq in contributing to the achievement of construction, reconstruction, stability and prosperity.
He stressed that the United Kingdom will remain supportive of Iraq and its stability, which is important to the world in general, noting that it is investing 10 million pounds for ten years to fight terrorism.
"The battle for the liberation of Mosul was the worst war after the Second World War, where the Iraqis fought bravely against those who took civilians as human shields, and therefore we are proud of this victory and my presence in Iraq."
He explained that the United Kingdom's participation in the war against Daqash is the second after the United States, where it trained more than 60,000 Iraqi security men and its aircraft carried out ten thousand combat missions that helped enable millions of Iraqis to free themselves from the terrorists' hands.
He announced the signing of an agreement with his Iraqi counterpart to exchange information and develop the military capabilities of the Iraqi forces and to confirm the commitment of the United Kingdom to work with Iraq as long as needed to help. Adding that they discussed the military and security support provided by Britain to Iraq in a post-defeat phase.
"The Iraqi army's capabilities have evolved from three years ago and it is now capable of confronting any terrorist attacks," he said. "Our role remains to provide full support to Iraqi forces for security and stability."
"We look forward to reconciliation to unify all Iraqis, to stabilize the country and to destroy a full and final threat that remains a threat as long as there is a safe haven there," he said.
The British minister said that this year will be "to eliminate the final call and define common responsibilities with our partners against the supporter of the terrorist and prevent the accession of more fighters to this organization. Noting that in 2014 was the organization on the eve of Baghdad and 2018 Iraqis have eliminated it and ended the risk.
The visit was the first by Williamson, who took over the defense portfolio in November. While British Prime Minister Teresa Mai Iraq visited Iraq on 29 of the same month.