News ID: 323481
Published: 0302 GMT August 14, 2022

Iran keen to boost defense cooperation with Iraq: General

Iran keen to boost defense cooperation with Iraq: General
MEHR
Deputy Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh (R) meets visiting President of the Iraqi Defense University for Higher Military Studies Lieutenant General Saad Mazhar al-Alaq (L) in Tehran on August 14, 2022.

International Desk

Iran seeks to expand its defense sector cooperation with Iraq, said Deputy Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Aziz Nasirzadeh.

Making the remarks on the sidelines of his Sunday meeting with visiting President of the Iraqi Defense University for Higher Military Studies Lieutenant General Saad Mazhar al-Alaq in Tehran, Nasirzadeh added the two countries have good capacities and numerous commonalities, on the basis of which they have begun collaborations in the defense sector, Mehr News Agency reported.

Describing West Asia, where Iran and Iraq are located, as an important region owing to its geopolitical position and rich energy reserves, he warned against bids by certain arrogant states to plunder the two countries’ resources. 

Brigadier General Nasirzadeh stressed that ensuring the two countries’ security and interests further highlights the necessity of their military cooperation with each other, which will also lead to an increase in their economic transactions and collaborations.

Turning to the assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), and his Iraqi trenchmate Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), he said they were martyred owing to their efforts to guarantee their countries’ security, as the enemy has targeted the region’s security, seeking to achieve its objectives through compromising it.

The two commanders were assassinated in a U.S. terrorist drone strike authorized by former president Donald Trump near Baghdad International Airport on January 3, 2020.

Brigadier General Nasirzadeh said Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri plans to visit Iraq in the future to discuss expansion of cooperation.

Lieutenant General Alaq said to fight terrorism, all regional states are required to cooperate, adding to this end, an information exchange center has been established for communications among Iraq, Iran, Syria and Russia.

 

 

   
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Resource: Mehr News Agency
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