Egypt keen to boost cooperation with Baghdad, Sisi tells Iraqi defence minister

Ahram Online , Saturday 7 Aug 2021

Cairo wants to help Baghdad overcome its challenges, combat terrorism, and maintain its security

Egypt keen to boost cooperation with Baghdad, Sisi tells Iraqi defence minister

In a meeting with Iraqi Minister of Defense Lieutenant General Juma Inad Saadoun in Cairo, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said the country wants to bolster cooperation with Iraq in all fields.

El-Sisi said Egypt is keen on offering Iraq everything the Arab country needs to achieve its interests.

Cairo wants to help Baghdad overcome its challenges, combat terrorism, and maintain its security and stability, read a presidential statement released after the meeting.

Saadoun delivered a written message from Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi to El-Sisi who asserted his country's appreciation of the Egyptian efforts in support of Iraq on all fronts.

The premier expressed his aspiration for Baghdad to strengthen cooperation with Cairo and to benefit from the "inspiring" Egyptian success experience led by the president in the development field and to transfer it to Iraq.

He also praised the Egyptian role in supporting Iraq, describing it as a strategic depth for the Arab nation, especially when it comes to facing common challenges, foremost of which are the fight against terrorism, achieving security and stability, and development.

The meeting, which was attended by Egypt's Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki, tackled bilateral military cooperation, including joint training programmes, exchanging experiences, and enhancing capabilities.

El-Sisi and Saadoun also reviewed a number of regional issues and files of common interest, the statement added.

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