Iran and Iraq Sign New Military Cooperation Deal

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Baghdad, Tehran- Iraq and Iran signed on Sunday several deals aimed at boosting their military cooperation during the visit of Iraqi Defense Minister Irfan al-Hayali to Tehran where he met with his Iranian counterpart minister Hossein Dehghan.

Larijani and Shamkhani both emphasized the importance of "unity" between the two countries, while Larijani informed al-Hayali about the importance of preserving Iraqi unity "because if it wasn't for the emergence of political differences, ISIS would not have been able to penetrate there".

The Iraqi minister, for his part, said the agreement was signed in line with the two countries' common interests.

The Defense Ministers of Iraq and Iran have agreed to a memorandum of understanding which aims to increase military cooperation between the two sides, with a focus on fighting against terrorism and cooperation on technical and border security matters.

The Iraqi defense chief was indirectly referring to a plan by the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hold an independence referendum in September.

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"We have cooperated and will cooperate with the Iraqi government and the nation and will continue our support", Dehqan said in a meeting with al-Hiyali.

He stressed that Iraq's territorial unity and national integrity will ensure the stability, security and protection of the interests of all the tribes and peoples of the Arab country.

Iran has been providing military advisory assistance to Iraq in its counter-terrorism campaign.

The Islamic Republic has also sent military advisers to train the Iraqi army and the Kurdish forces to fight Daesh.

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