Iraqi National Security Adviser Qasim Al-Araji affirmed on Wednesday, Iraq's efforts to develop its relations with Italy in the military and security fields, and to benefit from international expertise.
The media office stated in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA) that "Al-Araji received, in his office today Wednesday, the Chief of the Defense Staff of Italy, Admiral Giuseppe Cavo Dragone, and his accompanying delegation, in the presence of the Italian Ambassador in Baghdad, Maurizio Greganti, during the meeting, ways to strengthen bilateral relations between Iraq and Italy, the latest political and security developments at the regional and international levels, joint cooperation in the field of combating terrorism and exchanging experiences and information were discussed. "
Al-Araji stressed, "Iraq's efforts to develop its relations with Italy in the military and security fields, and to benefit from international expertise, in a way that enhances its security and stability."
He also pointed out that "Iraq was subjected to a major terrorist attack, and made great sacrifices, indicating that without the Fatwa of Ayatollah Sayed al-Sistani, ISIS would have advanced towards Baghdad, pointing out that the Iraqi people of all sects and religions participated in this epic to defend Iraq, and it was an example of the unity of the whole people."
For his part, the Chief of the Defense Staff of Italy offered condolences to the Iraqi people for the attack that claimed the lives of civilians, as a result of Turkish artillery shelling in Zakho.
The Chief of the Defense Staff of Italy also indicated that "Iraq's civilization is the oldest civilization on the face of the globe, and that the Iraqis fought ISIS on behalf of the world, adding that Italy also needs Iraq's experience in the fight against terrorism, to benefit from this experience."