Iraqi MP Voices Support for Tehran-Baghdad Security Cooperation
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A senior Iraqi parliamentarian expressed support for closer cooperation between the Iraqi and Iranian governments in security fields, saying that such ties between the two neighbors will boost regional security.
“Any joint security agreement with Iran and other neighboring countries plays an important role in maintaining security and stability in the region,” Habib al-Torfi, a member of the National Iraqi Alliance, said.
“Given the critical conditions in Iraq, there is a need to make security deals with countries that have a high military capability in the areas of training military forces or equipping the army to counter the threat of terrorism and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group,” he noted.
The Iraqi lawmaker also said that neighboring countries affect each other, adding that Iraq has realized the fact after the security situation in Syria had a direct impact on Iraq, Al-Masdar News reported.
Iraq has been facing the growing threat of terrorism, mainly posed by the ISIL terrorist group.
The ISIL militants made swift advances in much of northern and western Iraq over the last summer, after capturing large swaths of northern Syria.
However, a combination of concentrated attacks by the Iraqi military and the volunteer forces, who rushed to take arms after top Iraqi cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani issued a fatwa calling for fight against the militants, have blunted the edge of the ISIL offensive.
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.