Syria, Iraq to Boost Security Cooperation in War on Terrorism

BAGHDAD, (ST)- Iraqi President Fuad Masum has stressed the need to enhance and expand security cooperation between Syria and Iraq, particularly in the war against terrorism.

During his meeting on Wednesday with Syria's Interior Minister, Major General  Mohammad al-Shaar and the accompanying delegation, Masum reiterated the importance maintaining the historical ties between the two brotherly countries.

 Maj. Gen. al-Shaar, on his part, also affirmed that cooperation and coordination between Damascus and Baghdad are necessary in the fight against terrorism.

Another meeting between the Syrian minister and His Iraqi counterpart Qasem al-Awaji focused on reactivating the agreements signed between the interior ministries of the two countries, including reactivating the higher joint committee formed as a result of the a memo signed between the two sides, in addition to exchanging information, eliminating terrorist sleeper cells, combating organized crime and controlling borders.

Maj. Gen. al-Shaar also held a meeting with the Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who hailed Syria's achievements in its war on terrorism.

Al-Shaar talked about that victories over terrorism in the two brotherly countries noting that Syria and Iraq are facing common challenges and enemies.

The Syrian interior minister also met the Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to discuss security cooperation.

The two sides asserted that terrorism danger threatens the region and the entire world, therefore it is necessary to unite international efforts against this danger.

Al-Shaar and al-Abadi focused on the need to coordinate efforts as to open the al-Boukamal-al-Qaem border crossing to reactivate Syrian-Iraqi trade exchange.   

Hamda Mustafa