Iran, Iraq to hold joint military drills

Tehran, Sep 30, IRNA – Joint military drills will be held by Iran's armed forces and military units from neighboring Iraqi army on the border regions of the two countreis, an Iranian senior military official said on Saturday.

Following an official request by Iraq's federal government on Iran's cooperation on establishing the authority of the government in border terminals of the two countries, a meeting by Iranian armed forces commanders was held, Armed Forces spokesman General Masoud Jazayeri told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Emphasizing the importance of Iraq's integrity and the illegal nature of the separation referendum held in Iraqi Kurdistan Region on Monday (September 25), the Iranian commanders agreed on holding joint wargames called 'Authority' (Eqtedar) by the two countries' forces along with border regions from Qasr-e Shirin to Parviz Khan in Kermanshah Province, Bashmaq border in Marivan, Kordestan Province, and Tamarchin border in Piranshahr, West Azarbaijan Province.

During the meeting also a number of decisions on securing borders and receiving Iraqi forces to be deployed in the border terminals were made.

Despite opposition of Iraq's federal government, international organizations and states of the region, the Iraqi Kordistan local government held a referendum in the northern parts of the country, including the disputed regions, such as Kirkuk.

Baghdad has repeatedly said that it will not recognize the results of the referendum, and rejects any negotiations on the issue.

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