Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, received in Abu Dhabi Monday (photo), Juma Inad Saadoun, Iraqi Minister of Defense, and his delegation, in the presence of Matar Salem Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defense, and several senior officers and officials from the Ministry.
During the meeting, Al Bowardi welcomed Saadoun and stressed the keenness of the country’s leadership to strengthen the historic ties between the UAE and Iraq, as well as its keenness to cooperate in all areas, most notably in the military and defense, and discuss developments to their national defense industries.
Both sides also presented their efforts to counter terrorism, especially the related work of the Iraqi Government while exchanging views on several regional and global issues of mutual concern.
The UAE then condemned the ongoing terrorist attacks that threaten Iraq’s security and stability, Emirates News Agency WAM reported.
For his part, H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, also received the visiting Iraqi Defense, Minister Juma Inad Saadoun and his accompanying delegation, at Qasr Al Watan.
Sheikh Mansour and Saadoun discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries in all fields to maintain regional stability in the best interest and to achieve progress for the two fraternal countries and peoples.
Among those who attended the meeting were Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs; Hamad Abdul Rahman Al-Midfa, Secretary-General of the Federal Supreme Council Affairs in the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, and Faris Mohamed Al Mazrouei, Advisor at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.
Furthermore, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of Iraq, Dr. Barham Salih, reviewed the prospects of promoting the fraternal relations between the two nations and accelerating cooperation across all fronts.
This came in a phone call Sheikh Mohamed received today from the Iraqi President wherein the two leaders discussed a number of issues of common regional and international concern.
They touched on the latest developments of the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and the efforts made by the two countries to address the fallout of the pandemic on the humanitarian, economic and medical levels as well as ways to enhance post-corona cooperation.
Sheikh Mohamed and the Iraqi leader also underlined the importance of underpinning the pillars of peace, stability and development for all the peoples of the Middle East region who are suffering unrests weighing on their financial and human resources.
Sheikh Mohamed reiterated the UAE’s permanent support for Iraq to preserve its security and stability and to overcome the besetting challenges.
Dr. Barham thanked Sheikh Mohamed for the UAE’s support for the people of Iraq under all circumstances to restore its stability and solidify the role played by state departments at all levels.