Iraq, Iran Sign MoU on Defense Cooperation

FNA02.01.2015 Iraq
Iraq, Iran Sign MoU on Defense Cooperation

Iraq, Iran Sign MoU on Defense Cooperation

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Iran and Iraq signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to broaden defense cooperation between the two neighboring states, Fars News Agency reported.

The MoU was signed by Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan and his visiting Iraqi counterpart Khalid al-Obeidi in Tehran on Tuesday.

During the meeting in the Iranian capital, the two sides agreed to continue their cooperation to form a national Army in Iraq in a bid to help the country maintain its territorial integrity and security.

The Iranian and Iraqi Defense Ministers also underlined the need to continue consultations and exchange visits to help maintain security in the region.

The Iraqi Defense Minister arrived in Tehran on Monday to confer on the expansion of Tehran-Baghdad security cooperation and coordination. His visit to Tehran took place at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, in a statement on Wednesday, voiced its satisfaction in the trend of the nuclear talks between Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany), and underlined the importance of a comprehensive agreement between the two sides on reinforcing regional security.

“The success of the nuclear talks will play a crucial role in the establishment of security in the region,” the statement said.

“We are witnessing progress in the nuclear talks as Iran-G5+1 talks continue and we lay emphasis on the significance of continued negotiations to reach a final deal,” it added.

Expressing hope that Tehran and the six world powers would reach a final agreement in the coming months, the Iraqi Foreign Ministry said that all countries are entitled to make use of the peaceful nuclear technology.

“We are against using weapons of mass destruction in all parts of the world according to the international laws because it threatens international security and peace,” the statement added.

The last round of talks between Tehran and the G5+1 was held in Geneva on Dec 15-17.

The 10th round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24. During the talks, Tehran and the six countries agreed to extend negotiations until July 1 after they failed to reach an agreement on a number of key issues.

Source: FNA



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