News ID: 213575
Published: 0133 GMT April 20, 2018

Iran vows to aid Iraq in reconstruction after Daesh defeat

Iran vows to aid Iraq in reconstruction after Daesh defeat

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami highlighted his country’s policy of support for the Iraqi people and government, saying that after the defeat of Daesh terrorists, Iran’s first priority is helping with the reconstruction of the Arab country.

In a meeting with Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji in Baghdad on Thursday, Hatami hailed the victory over the terrorist group as an important achievement not only for Iraq but also for the security and stability of the region, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The Iraqi minister thanked the Iranian government and people for their all-out support for his country.

He also called for the development of bilateral ties in the defense, law enforcement and security fields.

Heading a high-ranking delegation, the Iranian minister arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday for talks on enhancing the defense ties with Iraq.

In the first joint high commission for defense cooperation of the two countries in Baghdad on Wednesday, Hatami said the Islamic Republic will keep up its counterterrorism cooperation with Iraq until the annihilation of terrorism.

The minister also criticized double standards toward fighting terror in the region, and said terrorism was totally denounced in any part of the world, Press TV reported.

Iraq has been facing the threat of terrorism in recent years, mainly posed by the Daesh terrorist group.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the victory in December five months after Iraqi forces dislodged Daesh terrorists from Mosul, their de facto capital in the north of the country.

This put an end to the cross-border “caliphate” they declared in 2014 but Daesh continues to carry out ambushes, assassinations and bombings across Iraq.

Amid tensions in Iraq, Iran has been known as the first country to help the country and has always voiced support for Iraq’s territorial integrity and prosperity.

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