Itar-Tass reports that Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigu (pictured), intends to expand military-technical cooperation with Iraq.
The Minister is quoted as saying:
“Military-technical cooperation between our countries develops successfully. The intergovernmental agreement proves its efficiency.
“We’re meeting with the Iraqi officials when the country faces difficulties.
“We support your efforts in fighting terrorism.
“We seek to relations with Iraq. This is our strategic priority."
Iraqi Defense Minister Saadun Al-Dulaimi said:
“It is not a secret that now Iraq is facing difficulties. We’re fighting terrorism.
“Counter-terrorism is the priority of the world community. When we fight terrorism on our territory, we feel like we protect the world community.
“Now the Iraqi army needs weapons for continuing the fight."