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Yesterday, Wednesday, National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji discussed with the new Italian ambassador in Baghdad, Maurizzo Cricante, the strengthening of military, security and health cooperation.
Between the two countries.
A statement by the Chancellery stated, "Al-Araji received Cricante, and stressed during the meeting the importance of strengthening the distinguished relations and joint cooperation between the two countries, praising Italy's stances towards Iraq and its continuous support in the field of combating terrorism and the file."
Al-Araji expressed, according to the statement, "the Iraqi government aspires to have bilateral cooperation in the military, security, health, economic, commercial, cultural and tourism fields."
He pointed out that "Iraq is not part of the Iranian-American dispute," stressing that "Iraq seeks to conduct direct dialogues on its soil, and continues its policy of openness to the countries of the world and its adoption of a policy of solving crises directly, and that it will not be part of any axis or battle in the region."
For his part, the Italian ambassador indicated that "his country has provided support to Iraq in its war against the terrorist Daesh, and will also provide assistance, through NATO, because it will chair the alliance in the fifth month of the year."
He stressed, "his country's interest in this cooperation through advisors and the training of security forces, especially the federal police units of the Ministry of Interior."
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