Moscow helps Baghdad to ensure security: Ibrahim Jaafari
The Iraqi foreign minister says Baghdad is receiving assistance from Russia to ensure security in the Arab country.
Russia and Iraq exchange information on a regular basis and Baghdad is receiving assistance from Moscow in ensuring security, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari told reporters on Wednesday.
"It is difficult for a country to be restored after the war alone," Jaafari said.
"Russia is providing support for us," he added.
"We are exchanging information, and Russia is also providing assistance in security area,"said the top Iraqi diplomat who headed a high-level delegation to Russia.
Jaafari also expressed willingness to develop economic and energy cooperation with Russia.
During his stay in Russia, Iraqi top diplomat also attended a meeting of the Russian-Iraqi intergovernmental commission co-chaired by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on Tuesday.
The Iraqi foreign minister had also held talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Monday.
Baghdad is seeking $88.2 billion in aid from donors to fund its reconstruction efforts.
Iraq has been devastated by the war against the Daesh terror group.
Reports also indicate that Baghdad is in talks with Moscow to purchase S-400 missile defense systems.