Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani underlined Tehran’s preparedness to provide Baghdad with logistical support to help Iraq defeat ISIL terrorists in a shorter time.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to help Iraq and supply that country with logistical and military aid in its campaign against terrorism,” Larijani told FNA at the end of his regional tour of Syria, Lebanon and Iraq on Saturday.
He reiterated that the Iraqi military commanders are capable of suppressing terrorism in all parts of their country, and said, “The Iraqi military forces have commanders that are quite capable of training their units without seeking help from other countries’ military experts.”
On Wednesday, Iraqi President Fouad Massoum thanked Tehran for its continued support for Baghdad in the ongoing war on the Takfiri terrorists, saying that Iran was the first country to rush to Baghdad’s aid when ISIL attacked the Muslim nation.
“Iran was the first country that backed up Iraq against the terrorists’ invasion at a time when we needed possibilities to fight the terrorists,” President Massoum said in a meeting with Larijani in the Iraqi capital.
During the meeting in Baghdad, Massoum stressed the necessity for the expansion and strengthening of the relations between Iran and Iraq in all fields, and called for continued meetings between the two countries’ high-ranking officials to confer on ways to settle the regional problems.
Larijani started his tri-nation tour of Syria, Lebanon and Iraq on Sunday.
Iran and Iraq have enjoyed growing ties ever since the overthrow of the former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, during the 2003 US invasion of the Muslim country.