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Shafaq News/ The Iraqi Deputy National Security Adviser, Essam Al-Saadi, praised on Tuesday the European Union mission in the country, stressing that it contributed to the consolidation of strategic relations with the countries of the Union.
Al-Saadi said, during the press conference on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the founding of the European Union's advisory mission in Iraq, which was attended by Shafaq News Agency, that "Iraq's relations with the European Union countries are the oldest and most solid external relations."
He added, "Iraq's strategic importance to European countries on the one hand, and Iraq's interest in European relations on the other hand, is the reason behind the strength of this cooperation."
Al-Saadi pointed out that "Iraq's relations with the European Union were characterized by openness and moderation, and the Iraqi governments have always kept in mind the importance that the European Union enjoys as a strategic ally or its position in the world in describing an international gathering that possesses all the scientific, technical and cultural capabilities that the Iraqis look forward to benefit from and take advantage of." Iraq plays a role that is commensurate with its historical, cultural and strategic importance regionally and internationally, and avoids isolation and isolation.
He explained that "the Iraqi people enjoy creativity and are qualified to be a permanent contributor to global, regional and civilized activities. In the midst of all this, the role of the European Commission emerged, which contributed to providing assistance in many areas to Iraq. The opening of the Commission's headquarters in Baghdad was a new beginning to restore relations between Iraq and the Union countries." Europe after 2003.
The Iraqi Deputy National Security Adviser continued, by saying that "European countries began to move economically and politically towards Iraq and restored their diplomatic representation in it, as the European Union contributed in several areas, including supporting the High Electoral Commission in several electoral sessions, strengthening the role of law and human rights, supporting the displaced, basic services and capacity building." Iraqi institutions and the signing of the joint partnership and cooperation agreement.
On the cultural side, Al-Saadi stressed that "the European Union mission supported Iraq to preserve its cultural heritage and intelligence cooperation, as an intelligence center was established for follow-up and exchange of information and data with the Ministry of Interior, cooperation in the academic, scientific and technical field, and cooperation in the field of antiquities and museum studies."
With regard to the National Security Adviser, he indicated that "the European Union mission has a role in strengthening the relationship between the institutions of the Iraqi government and the countries of the Union, in several areas, and in recent years the relationship and cooperation with the European Union Advisory Mission for Security Sector Reform have been strengthened in many areas, including support His advisors in preparing the Iraqi national security strategy.
Al-Saadi continued: "Many workshops were held, the development of the Iraqi vision, and the preparation of comprehensive strategies that include the challenges and risks facing Iraq and mechanisms to deal with them to reduce their threat to Iraqi national security, in addition to the work of the advisory mission with the National Committee to Combat Violent Extremism Leading to Terrorism to prepare the strategy for combating terrorism." extremism.”
And on coordinating work with Iraqi institutions through the National Security Adviser, he pointed out that "coordination took place with the Ministry of Interior for the purpose of establishing the Witness Protection Department in the Ministry of Interior, in addition to developing special expertise to build the integrity of the security forces and combat corruption."
At the end of his speech, Al-Saadi stressed the need for the advisory mission to take care of the environment and develop a full assessment with the Iraqi side to develop the roots of violent extremism, such as educational curricula and media discourse, and choosing areas to promote it, including the parties supporting extremism, which could be at the political level or extremist organizations. And informing those parties, or the weakness of endowments, or the weakness in the Ministries of Education and Higher Education.
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