TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Defense Minister of Iraq Erfan Mahmoud al-Hayali arrived in Tehran on Saturday for an official visit at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan.

Heading a military delegation, the Iraqi defense minister is going to have meetings with senior Iranian officials during his stay in Tehran.

A memorandum of understanding on Tehran-Baghdad defense cooperation will be also signed during Hayali‘s trip.

In December 2014, Iraq’s then defense minister, Khalid al-Obeidi, paid a visit to Iran and signed an agreement on closer defense cooperation between the two neighbors.

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

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.