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Parly visits French troops in Iraq's Qa'im on border with Syria

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French Defense Minister Florence Parly has visited her country's troops at al-Qa'im district, on the border between Iraq and Syria, as part of her visit to Iraq which started on Friday.

Parly arrived in Baghdad on Friday evening to discuss with the Iraqi authorities the future of military cooperation between the two countries.

During her meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih on Friday, Parly reiterated her country's support for Iraq's stability and prosperity, affirming its readiness to train and equip the Iraqi security forces.

President Salih said that Iraq and France can play an important role in many regional and international issues, affirming the need to coordinate to fight terrorism hotbeds in many countries.

Salih praised France's vital role in the global coalition against terrorism, and its support for Iraq in defeating ISIS and liberating Iraqi cities from the terrorist group's elements.

He also stressed the importance of France's contribution to strengthening the Iraqi military capabilities.

For her part, Parly warned that "the work is not over" in the fight against ISIS despite the jihadists facing the loss of their last scrap of territory, Daily Mail reported.

"The territorial caliphate, which has not yet been wiped out, is being defeated," Parly said.

"We must continue the fight against IS and terrorism in the region because IS is probably in the process of reorganizing underground and spreading out."
Last Modified: Sunday، 10 February 2019 11:12 PM
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