In a statement issued by the foreign ministry, al-Jaafari said the visit was to discuss cooperation in combating terrorism, adding, "The ties that bind are many, and the visit comes to restore bilateral relations to their correct course."
Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul →
"We cannot ask the people to come back to their city while there are no hospitals or public schools for them. These are basic services that must be provided," Mr. al-Jaafari said.
Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iraqi official, seeks more aid ahead of Mosul offensive →