Iran says it has had constructive talks with the visiting head of the international Atomic Energy Agency. New head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami, made the comments after meeting with Rafael Grossi in Tehran. Eslami said the talks were concentrated on technical issues, and there have been an agreement over the replacement of old memory cards of the agency’s cameras at nuclear facilities. Eslami noted that building trust has been of utmost important for both sides. Grossi also called the meeting very important and positive. He said Iran and the agency must expand their cooperation. The one-day visit by the IAEA chief is his first since Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi assumed office in August. The visit comes ahead of Monday’s meeting of the IAEA’s board of governors.
Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi says his country is determined to expand relations with neighboring Iraq. Raeisi said the two sides are able to further promote their ties in all fields despite outside interference. He was speaking during a joint presser with Iraqi prime minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi in Tehran. The Iranian president said the Iraqi side has agreed to a visa-waiver regime between the two countries. The Iraqi premier for his part said his country attaches great significance to ties with Iran. He also appreciated Iran for its role in defeating the Daesh terrorist group in Iraq. Al-Kadhimi arrived in Tehran earlier on Sunday for a one-day trip.
Turkey cross-border operations
Turkey’s defense ministry says two Turkish troops have been killed during attacks in Syria and Iraq. The ministry says one soldier was killed and another wounded in an attack on a Turkish military vehicle in northern Iraq. It has blamed the attack on what it called separatist terrorists. The ministry says the second soldier died after he succumbed to his wounds sustained during an attack in Syria’s Idlib province. The Saturday attack left two more Turkish soldiers dead. Turkey often conducts operations against the Kurdistan Workers Party and other Kurdish groups in Iraq and Syria. Ankara considers them terrorists. Turkey has maintained its military presence in Iraq and Syria, despite opposition from them.