TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Brigadier General Esmaeil Qa’ani, the commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), ended a two-day trip to Iraq Tuesday, the Arabic-language Al-Alam news network reported.
Citing informed sources, the Iranian news channel said the IRGC Quds Force’s chief met with a number of Iraqi officials and senior figures besides leaders of political parties and movements in the Arab country.
The meeting, the report said, focused on the developments concerning bilateral relations between the two neighboring countries as well as regional issues of common interest.
Qa’ani was appointed as chief of the IRGC’s Quds Force following the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani by the U.S. during an official visit to Baghdad early last year.
General Soleimani was martyred along with Deputy Commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and a number of their comrades when his vehicle was hit by a drone strike ordered by former U.S. president Donald Trump.
The Quds Force under General Soleimani played a key role in liberation of Iraqi territories from Daesh, the world’s most notorious terror group, in late 2017.
Qa’ani has vowed to continue the path of General Soleimani, whose main goal was to drive American forces out of the region.
That pledge prompted the U.S. to threaten the Islamic Republic with yet another act of state terrorism and assassinate Gen. Qa’ani as well if he followed on the path of the martyred general.
Qa’ani visited Iraq twice in December 2020, when he met senior Iraqi officials, including Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, and discussed political ties and security cooperation between the two neighbors.