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News number: 9107110308

17:35 | 2012-10-03

Defence

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Iranian, Iraqi Officials Stress Necessity for Improvement of Defense Ties

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in a meeting in Baghdad underlined the necessity for the improvement of defense and security cooperation between the two countries, saying it would reinvigorate peace and security in the region.



"Given the special situation seen in the region and the peripheral area, promoting bilateral ties, specially in defense fields, can render much help to peace and tranquility in the region," Maliki said during the meeting on Wednesday morning.

Vahidi, for his part, underlined that improvement and expansion of defense and security relations between Iran and Iraq serves as a role model for all the regional states.

He added that Iran as the current president of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Iraq as the head of the Arab League (AL) can play a crucial role in reducing tensions and controlling conflicts in the region.

Vahidi, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Baghdad this morning in a bid to meet with Iraqi officials and explore avenues for the further expansion of defense cooperation between the two sides.

During the visit, which comes at the invitation of Iraq's Acting Defense Minister Sadun Farhan al-Dulaymi, the two high-ranking military and political delegations will confer on the issues of mutual interests.

Speaking to reporters upon his arrival at Baghdad's airport, Vahidi stressed the two countries' ample capacities for bolstering mutual cooperation in different political, security, and cultural fields.

"Iraq has special place in Iran's foreign policy and defense diplomacy," Vahidi said, and expressed the hope that his visit would increase the level of defense cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

This is a first visit by an Iranian defense minister to Iraq since the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

Iran and Iraq have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, in 2003.

Both sides are working on a series of plans to take wide strides in expanding their ties.