CAIRO: Egyptian Defense Minister Sedqy Sobhy and his Iraqi counterpart Khaled al-Obeidi discussed means to exchange experiences in a Tuesday meeting, according to an Egyptian military statement.
Obeidi arrived in Cairo along with a senior delegation from Baghdad to discuss military and regional issues and coordination, the military stated, adding that Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy also attended the meeting.
The headquarters of the Egyptian Defense Ministry in Cairo delivered an official reception to Obeidi, playing the national anthem of the two Arab states.
In his four-day visit to Egypt, Obeidi is planned to meet with President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and other senior Egyptian officials, informed sources told DPA.
Obeidi will tackle military cooperation with Egypt, especially in the fields of training and armament. He will also discuss Egyptian experience in the military field, and will visit a number of military factories and training centers, DPA reported.
Egypt is part of an “anti-terrorism” coalition of 34 mainly Muslim states announced in December by Saudi Arabia; the coalition does not include Iran, Iraq or Syria. Cairo has also expressed support to Russia’s military intervention in Syrian in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Arab defense ministers met in the Arab League headquarters in Cairo to ratify a draft protocol for a new joint force in August.