SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Iraqi and Kurdish military officials have agreed to establish two joint security coordination centers in Baghdad and Erbil, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday.
A delegation from the Ministry of Peshmerga visited Baghdad on Tuesday morning to discuss the establishment of coordination centers between Baghdad and Erbil.
The Iraqi Joint Operations Command said in a statement that it hosted the third meeting of the Iraqi and Kurdish military officials in Baghdad to discuss issues of common security concern along the line separating the Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the disputed areas.
Both sides agreed to “start opening two main joint security coordination centers in Baghdad and Erbil, in addition to forming joint field security and military committees to assess security challenges”, the Iraqi military said.
They also agreed to establish a joint security coordination center in Diyala province and to conduct joint military and security operations against terrorism, the statement read.
On Monday, Secretary General of Peshmerga Ministry said the delegation would discuss the establishment of a coordination center between Peshmerga forces and Iraqi army, the establishment of joint defense lines, and joint operations against Islamic State (ISIS) remnants, who still pose a threat to the country.
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”.