Despite the frequent visits of senior Iranian officials to Iraq; Foremost among them is Ismail Ghani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Army. Now, the visit of the Iranian army commander, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, to Iraq has taken on a new dimension in the context of relations. between the two countries. Many of the visits have been kept secret, especially the defense and military, and the other side of those visits has seen no sign of changes in the context of relations between the two countries, especially at the current time. Iraqi armed forces close to Iran are targeting bases in Iraq where US advisers are based.
During Bagheri’s three-day visit, he continued his meetings with senior Iraqi officials, particularly the Minister of Defense, Thabet al-Abbasi, and the Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir al-Shammari. But what was new for Bagheri this time was the proposal he made to Iraqi officials that included conducting joint maneuvers along the Iran-Iraq border.
of the Ministry of Home Affairs
He met Iraqi Interior Minister Bagheri at the headquarters of the Federal Police Forces.
According to an official statement, Al-Shammari stressed the importance of working at the Joint Coordination Center to improve the security of the two countries, especially in protecting the Iraqi-Iranian border, combating narcotics and psychotropic substances, and intensifying work in intelligence.
The Iranian official, for his part, affirmed his country’s support for Iraq’s security and stability and the task of controlling common international borders.
Ministry of Defence
At the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Al-Abbasi held a meeting with Bagheri, which was attended by senior leaders and Ministry of Defense officials, and discussed several topics of common interest between Iraq and the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially related to the development of military ties between Baghdad and Tehran, according to an official statement.
Bagheri said: “At the security level, we have no problem with Iraq. This country is our friend and neighbor, and we are on the path to developing military cooperation.” He added: “Currently, a large number of Iraqi military students are studying in the universities of our armed forces, in return for which Iranian armed forces students have the opportunity to stay in Iraq.” “The two countries will have different operational and academic linkages,” he pointed out. He concluded: “During this trip, we will discuss and review these areas with the Iraqi Joint Operations Command and other Iraqi officials. I believe that this trip will lay the foundation for proper development of relations.”
During a meeting with Iraqi Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Yarallah on Sunday, he stressed that the border between Iran and Iraq serves the interests of the two brotherly peoples.
Bagheri said Iraq is currently enjoying good security and stability and is on the path to growth and development, Iranian official media reported. He also said, “Both countries have good and valuable experiences in the war against terrorism, so we can share good planning for these valuable experiences.”
twist; Lt. Gen. Yarallah expressed the full readiness of the Iraqi Armed Forces for military, security and training cooperation, joint maneuvers and exchange of experiences with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
In this case, Iraqi security expert Sarmat al-Bayadi told Ashark al-Awsad, “The joint maneuvers between Iraq and Iran; According to Bagheri’s proposal and what could be released by the Iraqi side, it will be on the border between the two countries, especially from the Kurdistan region, “indicating that Iraq is still connected to a long border from the Kurdistan region. More than 600 kilometers, this distance is long and requires joint coordination.” Al-Bayati explained, “Armed groups are the main target for these joint maneuvers, and even though they have withdrawn from the border areas with Iran to areas inside Iraq, they still indicate an imbalance. Therefore, joint maneuvers in some security sectors are warranted… These areas are now part of Kurdistan with Iran. There are no presence of Iranian armed resistance groups that have taken refuge in the borderlands.
Arrival in Tehran
In conjunction with Bagheri’s visit to Iraq, an Iraqi parliamentary delegation led by First Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohsen Al-Mandalavi visited Tehran on Sunday. Al-Mandalavi’s office said in a statement, “The visit comes in response to an official invitation submitted by Iran’s Islamic Shura Council and will last for two days.”
“The delegation will hold several meetings with several Iranian officials, and the visit will focus on strengthening cooperation to address existing challenges and supporting joint integration in areas serving the Iraqi and Iranian people,” he pointed out.