Erbil, Baghdad officials discuss joint operation

A Kurdistan Region Peshmerga delegation and Iraqi Defence Ministry officials discussed joint security operations at a meeting in Baghdad on Thursday, June 23, the Ministry of Peshmerga announced.

The visiting Kurdistan Region delegation was led by Peshmerga Chief of Staff Lt-General Essa Awez, who met the Deputy Commander of the Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, according to a Peshmerga ministry spokesperson.
According to NRT Star Abdulkarim said the meeting would cover topics including the relations between the Peshmerga and the Iraqi forces and joint operations and brigades between the two forces.
The Iraqi Joint Operations Command issued a statement saying the goal of the visit is to expand security coordination and intelligence sharing between the joint operations command and Iraqi border guards in areas of mutual interest to clear them from militias.
Iraqi Defence Ministry and Peshmerga Ministry have signed "joint coordination" agreement which covers setting up coordination centres, closing security vacuums in the disputed territories between the Iraqi army and the Peshmerga, deploying joint checkpoints, launching operations against the Islamic State (ISIS), and exchanging security and intelligence information.
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