Delegation from Peshmerga ministry to visit Baghdad Tuesday

Peshmerga officials are pictured during a meeting with a delegation from Iraqi Defense Ministry in Erbil, July 20, 2020. (Anadolu Agency)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — A delegation from the Kurdistan Region’s Peshmerga Ministry will visit Baghdad on Tuesday for more talks on cooperation with Iraqi forces, a top Peshmerga official said on Monday.

Secretary General of Peshmerga Ministry Jabar Yawar said a delegation from the Peshmerga ministry including high-level military and security committee would hold talks with Iraqi military officials in Baghdad.

The talks will include the establishment of a cooperation center between Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army, the establishment of a joint defense line, and operations against Islamic State (ISIS) militants, Yawar added.

“These will be in the provinces of Kirkuk, Diyala and Nineveh,” he noted.

On July 20, a delegation from the Iraqi defense ministry visited Erbil and held talks with Peshmerga officials. On July 2, a Peshmerga delegation visited Baghdad at the request of Iraqi side.

The Iraqi and Kurdish officials discussed joint military operations in disputed areas and ISIS attacks in those areas, according to the ministry of Peshmerga.

Iraq declared victory over Islamic State in December 2017 but the militants have regrouped in the Hamrin mountain range which extends into the northern provinces – an area described by officials as a “triangle of death”.

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