Pakistan and Iraq have reiterated their desire to further boost bilateral cooperation in all areas of mutual interests.

This was discussed at a meeting between the President Dr. Arif Alvi and the visiting Iraqi Defence Delegation, led by Minister of Defence of Iraq, Juma Enad Saadoon, which called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr Islamabad, today (Friday).

While talking to the delegation, the President said that Pakistan attached great importance to the mutually beneficial relations with Iraq and wants to further strengthen bilateral relations in the areas of trade, economy and defence.

He said Pakistan strongly supported the sovereignty, political unity and territorial integrity of Iraq.

The President offered training courses for the Iraqi Military personnel in the Defence Training Institutes of Pakistan.

He also offered that Pakistan could help Iraq in the development of its infrastructure by providing technical assistance and human resource.

The President emphasized that both countries need to support each other at all International fora.

The Iraqi Defence Minister said that his country wants to improve economic and political relations with Pakistan.

He appreciated the potential of the defence industry of Pakistan and expressed the hope that his visit would boost bilateral cooperation between the two brotherly countries.

He thanked the Government of Pakistan for extending warm welcome and hospitality to him and members of his delegation.

Both sides underscored the need for exchanging high level visits to further cement bilateral ties.

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