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UAE and Italy to boost co-operation on Iraq

posted on 29/05/2003: 974 views


The UAE and Italy will boost cooperation in humanitarian efforts in Iraq, according to a prominent Italian official visiting the UAE. Senator Alfredo Mantica, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said here yesterday that the UAE and Italy will enhance military cooperation in the coming weeks, to support humanitarian activities in Iraq where both countries are engaged in relief operations.



During his visit, to consult the UAE counterparts on the forthcoming Italian mission to Iraq, Mantica met with Seif Saeed Saad, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Speaking to Gulf News, the Senator said consultations are necessary to update the UAE on the purpose and modalities of the Italian mission in Iraq. Italy will send three minesweepers and about 3,000 troops to the south Iraq with different tasks among which are peacekeeping, detecting mines, restructuring the public services and communication lines, and others. Mantica said the Italian Government considers the support of the UAE and the other Gulf countries to the mission important, held under the command of the British forces. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)

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