Russia vows speedy Iraq arms delivery in terror fight

Russia vows speedy Iraq arms delivery in terror fight
Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:44:17

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has announced an agreement with Iraqi officials to accelerate the delivery of Russian arms to the embattled state for its war against foreign-backed terrorism across the Arab nation.

Speaking Thursday at a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari, Lavrov further expressed Moscow's concerns over what he described as "rampant terrorism" in the Middle East region.

"There's an urgent need for Iraq to have weapons in order to combat terrorism," Lavrov said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signed an arms deal with Moscow six months ago aimed at fighting what he described as "terrorists" in the country's western Anbar region.

Lavrov said there was consensus in both Baghdad and Moscow regarding the need for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Syria and the ongoing stalemate over Iran's nuclear program.

According to Lavrov, Russia is striving to help the people of the Middle East and North Africa to determine their own fate without any foreign interference or "prefabricated models."

The Russian foreign minister, who arrived in Baghdad on Thursday, has already met with al-Maliki to discuss bilateral relations and the Syria conflict, according to a statement issued by al-Maliki's office.

For his part, Zebari said that Baghdad and Moscow had seen eye-to-eye regarding the need to revive bilateral collaborations in political, commercial and economic fields.

He further added that Lavrov's visit "sends a message of Russia's solidarity with the Iraqi government and people."


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