Expansion of Bilateral Cooperation between Iraq and Pakistan Will Provide Economic Underpinning to the Political Relationship: Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Defence Production

PRESS RELEASE

 

Expansion of Bilateral Cooperation between Iraq and Pakistan Will Provide Economic Underpinning to the Political Relationship: Rana Tanveer Hussain, Federal Minister for Defence Production

 Baghdad–17 March, 2016

 

Pakistan is keen to further develop the existing cooperation with Iraq in all fields, including the defence sector, for the mutual benefit of the two countries and prosperity and stability in the region. This thought reached during visit of Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister of Defence Production (MoDP) to Iraq, where he met Dr. Khalid Yassin al-Obeidi, Iraq’s Defence Minister.


“The expansion of bilateral cooperation between Iraq and Pakistan will provide economic underpinning to the political relationship”, said Rana Tanveer Hussain.

 

He highlighted that Pakistan is willing to provide all possible assistance for revamping of Iraqi Security Forces. Pakistan has actively participated in most of the international conferences held on reconstruction of Iraq.

 

He mentioned that Pakistan and Iraq have been cooperating in the field of defence, mainly encompassing training of defence personnel and exchange of defence delegations. He suggested that Iraq may like to benefit from Pakistan Military training potential as well.

 

He asked Dr. Khalid Yassin al-Obeidi that Iraq may indicate their future requirements so that Pakistan can offer a suitable delivery schedule. It was hoped that recent visits of Pakistan and Iraq defence delegations will further enhance bilateral defence relations.

 

During the visit Pakistan offered provision of human resources and training of personnels to Iraq.Rana Tanveer Hussain expressed gratitude for hospitality and reassured Dr. Khalid Yassin al-Obeidi that Pakistan supports the soverignity, independence and territorial integrity of Iraq. A stable and prosperous Iraq could safeguard Iraqi citizen’s interests. Pakistan is keen and sincere in extending all out support to Iraqi Security Forces in their rebuilding pursuits.