SARRAF STARTS OFFICIAL VISIT TO BAGHDAD, MEETS IRAQI COUNTERPART

Minister of Defense, Yaacoub Sarraf, started a three-day visit to Iraq, which began with talks with his Iraqi counterpart Irfan Mahmoud Al-Hayali, on boosting bilateral relations, especially on the military levels.

The pair discussed prospects for joint cooperation between Iraq and Lebanon.

At the beginning of the meeting, Sarraf congratulated his Iraqi counterpart on "the victories achieved by the Iraqi armed forces in their war against terrorism."

He stressed that "Iraq fought this war on behalf of the world and the world is proud of the victories achieved by the Iraqi forces."

For his part, the Iraqi defense minister praised the "role of the Lebanese government in support of Iraq in its fight against terrorism," adding that he will visit Lebanon soon in order to strengthen ties and enhance cooperation between the two countries.

Source: National News Agency