Sep 24 2013
By Nidhal al-Laithi
Azzaman, September 24, 2013
Iraq is turning towards neighboring Iran for light arms and sophisticated weaponry as its fight against terror and insurgent groups intensifies.
A high-level defense Iraqi defense delegation is in Tehran and its leader, Acting Defense Minister Saadoum al-Duliami is reported to have obtained the green-light from Prime Minister Noori al-Maliki to strike weapons deals with Tehran.
The delegation includes commanders of Iraqi army corps and defense specialists.
Iraq is keen to sign agreements under which Iran will become its major supplier of drones, gun boats, war ships as well as light weaponry manufactured by Iranian arms firms.
The delegation will also explore the possibility of stationing Iranian security consultants in Iraq to advise Iraqi security forces on how to combat terror and halt the flow of insurgents and terrorists from civil war-torn Syrian.
Observers describe Duliami’s visit as landmark in defense and security cooperation as the country has once again turned into a scene of ongoing violence and deadly car bombings almost on daily basis.
The countries want to coordinate on how to calm conditions in Syria as the violence there is said to be fueling the upsurge in insecurity in Iraq.
Other issues to be discussed during the visit include the demarcation of the international borders along the 1975 treaty between the two countries.
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