Ban Ki-moon arrives in Baghdad for talks
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Baghdad today to meet Iraqi senior officials and discusses the latest developments in the state and war against the militants of the Islamic State (IS).

The UN chief, who arrived in the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad on Monday, is scheduled to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, President Fuad Massoum, Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari and Parliament Speaker Salim al-Juburi.

Ban’s arrival was announced by the UN mission in Iraq via a message posted on Twitter, but the message did not release any details of the agenda of the negotiations, Press TV said in a report.

The UN chief’s trip to Iraq comes as Iraqi forces, backed by Shiite and Sunni volunteers, are engaged in a massive operation to liberate the strategic city of Tikrit from IS terrorists.

IS started its campaign of terror in Iraq in early June 2014. The heavily-armed militants took control of Mosul before sweeping through parts of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.

Iraqi soldiers, police units, Kurdish forces, Shiite volunteers and Sunni tribesmen have succeeded in driving the IS terrorists out of some areas in Iraq.

News Code: 9985  |  Date: 2015/03/30  |  Time: 14 : 15

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