Military Chief: Iran Ready to Share Defense Experiences with Iraq

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said that Tehran is ready to transfer its experiences in defense and anti-terrorism fields to Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Baqeri made the remark in a Monday phone call with new Iraqi Minister of Defense Thabet Muhammad Al-Abbasi.

“The Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran enjoys high potentialities and capabilities in various fields, including the fight against terrorism and defense industry and can transfer this experience and knowledge to the Iraqi armed forces to help bolster security in Iraq,” the Iranian commander noted.

“The level of the two countries’ military relations does not conform to my expectations. The two countries' people and armed forces must have excellent relations with each other and [realization of] this issue is among important responsibilities of me and you,” he added.

The senior commander expressed regret that some clauses of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries in 2015 to improve defense cooperation have not been implemented, stating Iranian and Iraqi commanders and officials need to hold consultations at various levels to strengthen more effective interaction.

The Iraqi defense minister, for his part, said his country's government and nation would never forget Iran's role in the fight against terrorism and the defeat of the Daesh terrorist group and would always be grateful for the Iranian people and Armed Forces in this regard.

Abbasi added that the Iraqi armed forces are ready to boost military cooperation with Iran.

In a message to the newly-elected Iraqi President Abdul Latif Rashid, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi congratulated him on his election, and called for the expansion of mutual cooperation between the two countries in different fields.

President Rayeesi hoped that the relations between Tehran and Baghdad would develop and deepen even more during Rashid's presidency.

Tehran and Baghdad have grown exchane of visits by officials to speed up expansion of relations in recent months.

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