Baghdad wants to build a naval base in Basra, the Iraqi Defence Minister said on Saturday in order to improve stability in the economic and security sectors of the southern port city.
Najah al-Shimari visited Basra and was accompanied by Transportation Minister Abdulla Luaibi and a group of military commanders.
“Iraq has decided to establish the biggest Navy base in Basra that will help to develop the security and economy of Iraq and Basra city locally,” said Shimari.
The base will take several years to be built, according to Shimari. The Iraqi ministry of defence posted a video of his visit to their Facebook page.
“We will do whatever we can to finalize this project for the sake of Iraq’s economy,” he said.
Iraq currently has a naval base in Um Qasr, about 65 kilometers south of Basra.