Russia to Strengthen MTC With Iraq

Russia is interested in stepping up cooperation with Iraq, especially military-technical cooperation (MTC), said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov following talks in Baghdad with the Iraqi leadership.

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Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Yuri Borisov arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday. This was announced by the official representative of the Iraqi Foreign Ministry, Ahmed al-Sahhaf. Borisov held talks with Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, who heads the Iraqi side of the intergovernmental commission.

"We attach great importance to the development of the entire range of bilateral ties, we pay the greatest attention to issues related to the restoration of the Iraqi economy and the intensification of cooperation in such priority areas as energy, industrial cooperation, transport, agriculture, and military-technical cooperation," said Borisov.

The Deputy Prime Minister stressed that Iraq is one of Russia's key partners in the Middle East. "We are interested in an early settlement of conflict situations in Iraq and neighboring Syria, the complete eradication of the terrorist threat represented by ISIS (banned in the Russian Federation) and other groups. We are in favor of ensuring the unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the Iraqi state," he added.

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