Iraqi PM, Italian Defense Min. hold military talks in Baghdad

Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti
Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti

BAGHDAD, May 9 (KUNA) — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and visiting Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti on Monday discussed bilateral military ties and preparations for repairing Al-Mosul Dam.
Means of boosting security and military cooperation, and the international community’s support to Iraq in the war against terrorism featured high on the agenda of the Baghdad talks, an official statement said.
Al-Abadi and Pinotti also addressed problems of displaced Iraqis and logistics arrangements for Italian company that will work on the Dam.
The Prime Minister said the Iraqi forces had achieved victories against the so-called Islamic State (IS), reiterating the necessity of international backing in training, arming and air support in the war against terrorism.
An Italian company has already signed a contract to save Iraq’s largest dam over fear it could collapse.
Following her talks with Al-Abadi, the Italian minister left for Kurdistan Iraq where she would have talks with officials there on assistance to Peshmerga in the fight against IS, as source in the government of the region told KUNA.
Italy is taking part in supporting and training the Iraqi forces and the Peshmerga within the US-led coalition against IS. (end) ahh.sbr.msa

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