Iraqi, Jordanian military leaders discuss officer training
101108-O-9999N-001.jpg - BAGHDAD - Iraqi Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Babakir Zebari addresses media during an Iraqi-Jordanian Officer Education and Training Seminar in Amman, Jordan, Nov. 6 through 8. Representatives from the NATO Training Mission-Iraq facilitated the conference.

BAGHDAD - A delegation of senior Iraqi military leaders traveled to Amman, Jordan, to discuss cooperative training during an Iraqi-Jordanian Officer Education and Training Seminar, facilitated by members of the NATO Training Mission-Iraq Nov. 6 through 8.

On the final day of the seminar, participants developed a plan for future military cooperation between the armed forces of Iraq and Jordan, in the interest of furthering strategic partnerships and regional stability.

Attendees included several commandants and deans from the Jordanian and Iraqi National Defence universities, military universities, educational institutions, and representatives from NTM-I.

"This seminar offers a valuable chance for Iraqi officers of the National Defense Academy and their training departments to meet their counterparts in the Jordanian Army in the presence of NATO friends," said Iraqi Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Babakir Zebari. "We can exchange ideas and visions to build our Armies, ready to face future challenges together."

The coordination between Iraq and Jordan is necessary, since Iraq and Jordan are neighboring countries facing similar challenges, Babakir said.

"As a key member of the Mediterranean dialogue, Jordan has an important role to play in regional stability," said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, who is the United States Forces-Iraq deputy commanding general for Advising and Training, and commander for the NATO Training Mission-Iraq. "Likewise Iraq, as it works with NATO to develop a structured cooperation framework, is a key player for NATO engagement. This gives Iraq and Jordan, with a mutual sense of purpose, a clear means for cooperation that goes beyond just being neighbors with common interests and values.

"There is a genuine desire amongst Iraqi and Jordanian friends to resume once again, what has been a very warm and constructive relationship in the past," Barbero said. "The time is now right to renew this relationship."

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