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Iraqi PM in Iran for talks on mutual ties, ISIL threat

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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has arrived in the Iranian capital, Tehran, to meet and hold talks with senior officials of the Islamic Republic.

During his short visit to Iran, the Iraqi premier is scheduled to sit down with Iranian officials, including President Hassan Rouhani, to exchange views on different issues, including anti-terrorism campaign.

The Iraqi premier will also discuss mutual relations with Iranian officials during his stay in Tehran.

Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaifar said Monday that Abadi’s visit to Iran comes at the invitation of Iranian First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri.

This is Abasi’s second visit to Iran since he took office in September 2014.

Among the top issues to be discussed during Abadi’s visit to Iran are the activities of terrorist groups in Iraq, including ISIL.

The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group has been involved in crimes against humanity in Iraq, Iran's western neighbor, since they seized some parts of the Arab country in June 2014.

The Iraqi army and volunteer fighters have been cooperating ever since to liberate areas under the control of the terrorists.

Iran has also been providing support for the Iraqi government in its fight against terrorism.

Iranian officials have stressed on several occasions that Tehran will continue to support Iraq in the fight against terrorism in the form of defense consultation and humanitarian aid but that it will not interfere militarily in the Arab country.


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