Iranian MP, Iraqi FM discuss counter-terrorism


TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Visiting Chairman of the Iranian Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi and Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari exchanged views on a host of issues, including Tehran-Baghdad joint efforts to combat terrorism.

During the meeting held in Baghdad on Friday, Boroujerdi and Jaafari talked about the latest regional and international developments and stressed the necessity for closer cooperation and consultations between Iran and Iraq with the aim of ending terrorism and restoring peace and security to the region.

The two high-ranking officials also discussed ways to promote bilateral relations between Tehran and Baghdad in various spheres in line with the interests of the people of both countries.

Iraq has been facing the growing threat of terrorism, mainly posed by Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group.

Daesh militants made swift advances in much of northern and western Iraq over the last summer, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.

However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who rushed to take arms after top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of Daesh offensive.

Amid tensions in Iraq, Iran is known as the first country to help the Arab country and has always voiced support for Iraq’s solidarity and prosperity.