Iran, Iraq stress boosting defense cooperation
ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency
Tue 24 Feb 2015 - 13:40
TEHRAN (ISNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehghan and his Iraqi counterpart Khaled al-Obeidi in a phone call discussed Iraq's developments as well as bilateral and regional issues and stressed further mutual cooperation in fighting terrorism.
Dehghan lauded Khaled al-Obeidi's stance on fighting terrorism, and reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran would firmly support Iraqi nation, government and armed forces.
He also said Iran is ready to speed up mutual agreements between the two sides and strengthen bilateral defense ties to boost stability and security in Iraq and the entire region.
Khaled al-Obeidi, for his part, appreciated Iran's fundamental policies and support for Iraq, and called for speeding up implementing defense agreements between Tehran and Baghdad.
Iran has repeatedly stressed that it will not interfere militarily in Iraq and Syria, but the Islamic Republic continues to provide support to both countries against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists in the form of defense consultancy and humanitarian aid.
At the onset of the ISIL advances in Iraq, the Islamic Republic took rapid steps to mobilize popular forces in the country.
Tehran has also refused to join the so-called US-led coalition against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.
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