KARBALA (Iraq): Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi holds a meeting with Governor Karbala Nassif Al-Khattabi, here Sunday. - PID photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iraq have noted with contentment the steady growth in bilateral defence relations and reviewed the progress made on various aspects of defence collaboration.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with Iraqi Defence Minister Juma Inad Saadoun Khattab in Baghdad on Sunday and discussed defence cooperation between the two countries, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.
During his meeting with Inad, Qureshi reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to further deepen and diversify bilateral cooperation in the fields of defence and defence production, said the statement.
“Pakistan and Iraq enjoy close defence ties and today I met with Defence Minister #JumaInadSaadoun to further strengthen these,” Qureshi said in a tweet after the meeting.
Pakistan-Iraq relations have tightened in the past few years through defence cooperation, as Islamabad provided support to Iraqi security forces in their fight against Daesh. In 2014, Iraq purchased the Super Mushak trainer aircraft from Pakistan as part of improving defence ties.
In January, Minister for Defence Production Zobaida Jalal visited Baghdad on Inad’s invitation.
Qureshi arrived on a three-day visit to Baghdad on Friday to discuss with Iraqi leaders, including President Barham Salih and Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, ways to boost economic exchanges and cooperation at international forums. – TLTP