The Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace welcomed The Defence Minister for Iraq, Lieutenant General Juma Anad Saadoun, to the UK with a ceremonial Guard of Honour on Horse Guards Parade in London today (Wed 21 Oct).
The General Officer Commanding HQ London District Major General Chris Ghika had provided Number 7 Company Coldstream Guards for the impressive socially distanced Guard of Honour.
The Captain of the Guard invited Lieutenant General Juma Anad Saadoun to inspect his soldiers in fluent Iraqi as a courtesy to the visiting nation. The Band of the Welsh Guards played traditional music throughout.
After the ceremonial inspection Lieutenant General Juma Anad Saadoun, who is visiting as a guest of the UK Defence Secretary, accompanied Ben Wallace to the Ministry of Defence to discuss their country’s mutual defence responsibilities and interests.