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Iran, Iraq to jointly confront 'air threats': Bagheri

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Mohammad Bagheri claimed that his country will cooperate with Iraq in air defense area, to confront air threats, following a meeting with his Iraqi counterpart.

“We may feel some air threats along western borders which was discussed in a meeting with Iraq’s army chief of staff and we planned to have bilateral cooperation in air defense area to reach a better coordination,” Bagheri said, according to ISNA.

On the sidelines of a meeting with Iraqi Chief of Staff General Othman al-Ghanimi, General Bagheri told reporters, “Iran-Iraq relation is different from relations with other countries and we have common threats and interests”.

“Forces of the two countries should improve their cooperation towards mutual purposes,” the Iranian general stressed.

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces added, “We also reached good understandings over cooperation in military training, joint drills and transmission of Iran’s military experience to Iraq. The discussed cooperation will be finalized in the near future”.

Regarding US troops’ presence in Iraq, Bagheri said, “The issue of US forces’ presence in Iraq has also been discussed in the meeting. The Iraqi side assured us that it will carry out more control measures and the presence of the troops is only for training and they are under control of Iraq’s army”.

Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi on Saturday to ensure US troops leave "as soon as possible", Iranian state media reported. His remarks were seen to be a mere intervention in the Iraqi affairs.

"You must make sure that the Americans withdraw their troops from Iraq as soon as possible because expelling them has become difficult whenever they have had a long military presence in a country," Khamenei was quoted as saying.

“The Iraqi government, parliament and current political activists in the country are undesirable for the Americans … and they are plotting to remove them from Iraqi politics,” said Khamenei.
Last Modified: Monday، 08 April 2019 12:51 AM