Today, Thursday, the Prime Minister and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, agreed with the US ambassador, the commander of the US Central Command and the military delegation accompanying him, to hold a meeting soon to implement the remaining outcomes of the strategic dialogue between the two countries.
The media office of the Prime Minister stated, in a statement received by the "National News Center", that "Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi received, today, an American military delegation headed by the commander of the US Central Command, First Lieutenant-General Kenneth McKenzie, accompanied by the US Ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller."
The Prime Minister stressed, according to the statement, "the importance of uniting international efforts against the threat of terrorism and extremist takfiri ideology, which threaten the region and the whole world," adding that "Iraq will remain proud of the victory it achieved against the most powerful terrorist organizations in the modern era."
Al-Kazemi indicated that "the support, support and training that Iraq obtained from all its brothers and friends were all an essential element in achieving that victory, and in raising the level of the capabilities of the security forces in a way that enabled the government to move in its relationship with the international coalition, to the stage of ending combat missions."
For his part, General McKenzie praised the "continuous development of the capabilities and skills of the Iraqi security forces, and their ability to carry out combat roles against terrorism efficiently and courageously, with the task of the international coalition moving to advice, training and intelligence cooperation."
He pointed out that "the ceremony that took place today, and witnessed the handover of the leadership of the coalition to Major General John Brennan, succeeding Lieutenant-General Paul Calvert, represents one of the steps to achieve this transition."
McKenzie stressed that "reducing the level of the US military presence will not weaken the US commitment to the broader strategic relationship with Iraq, in the political, economic, cultural and other fields, as well as the security relationship, according to the outcomes of the strategic dialogue between the two countries."
The statement pointed out that, "It was agreed during the meeting to hold a new meeting of the Iraqi Military Technical Committee and its American counterpart; In order to implement the remaining steps of the outcomes of the strategic dialogue, especially with regard to ending the presence of US combat forces at the end of this year, after the reduction of the level of military representation of the coalition leadership was achieved; In line with the new non-combat phase of its role in Iraq.”
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