Iraq PM heads to Jordan for security talks

Iraqi premier Haidar al-Abadi was to visit Jordan today for talks on combatting jihadists from the Islamic State group, continuing a diplomatic push after a trip to Iran, his office said.

AFP| Last Updated: Oct 26, 2014, 17:56 PM IST

Baghdad: Iraqi premier Haidar al-Abadi was to visit Jordan today for talks on combatting jihadists from the Islamic State group, continuing a diplomatic push after a trip to Iran, his office said.

IS has overrun large areas of Iraq since June and also holds significant territory in Syria, posing a threat not only to those countries but their neighbours as well.

In Jordan, Abadi will meet King Abdullah and Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur for talks on "security cooperation in the field of combatting terrorism and facing the (IS) group, which threatens the security of the two neighbouring countries," a statement from the Iraqi premier's office said.

Jordan, which borders Iraq's Anbar province, much of which has been overrun by IS, is one of several countries taking part in a US-led campaign of air strikes against the jihadist group that began in Iraq but has since been expanded to Syria.

Abadi's visit to Jordan comes just days after a trip to Iran, Iraq's neighbour to the east, during which he also discussed the fight against IS.