Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 15
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi will make an official visit to Tehran on Dec.15 at the invitation of Iran's first vice president, Eshaq Jahangiri, the Islamic Republic's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said.
Heading a high-ranking political delegation including several Syrian ministers, al-Halqi will hold talks with senior Iranian officials, Amir Abdollahian said, the official Mizan news agency reported.
The sides will discuss issues of mutual interest between Iran and Syria, as well as latest regional developments during the visit.
Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri also is scheduled to visit Iran on Dec. 16 at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Ali Larijani.
Iraqi speaker will discuss mutual relations and the latest regional developments with Iranian officials.
Earlier Iraqi media outlets reported that al-Jabouri will ask Iranian officials to help Iraq in fighting against the IS groups.
The IS(Islamic State, formerly ISIL or ISIS) group was created in 2003 in Iraq. Following the start of military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country in 2013.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.
Umid Niayesh is Trend Agency's staff journalist, follow him on Twitter:@UmidNiayesh