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Iranian, Iraqi Defense Ministers Discuss Closer Military Ties

TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Amir Hatami and his Iraqi counterpart, Erfan Mahmoud al-Hayali, exchanged views about a range of issues, including ways to boost cooperation between the two neighboring countries in the military sphere.

In a telephone conversation on Monday, the two defense ministers also discussed the latest regional and international developments and stressed the need to promote Tehran-Baghdad cooperation in the fight against terrorist groups.

Brigadier General Hatami offered his congratulations to the Iraqi nation over the recent liberation of al-Qaim, one of the last remaining territories in the country held by Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL) militants.

The Iranian defense minister also expressed the hope that full security would be restored to the Arab country in the near future.

General Hayali, for his part, emphasized that the recent victories of the Iraqi army against Takfiri terrorists belong to all nations in the region.

In a congratulatory statement released late on Friday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi praised the Iraqi security forces for liberating al-Qaim “in record time”.

On October 26, the Iraqi premier had announced the launch of operations to liberate Qaim and Rawa towns.

The Iraqi forces have now driven Daesh forces out of about 95% of the land the terrorist group once held in Iraq and freed more than 4.4 million Iraqis from its rule.

Al-Qaim, about 315 km (195 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Rawa and the nearby Syrian border town of Albu Kamal are of strategic importance to Daesh as the group used routes through them to transfer fighters, weapons, and goods.