Over his visit to Lebanon, Maliki said that "it comes within the framework of pursuing communication and broadening ties with this brotherly country, in a bid to learn and benefit from Lebanon's experience."
Maliki hoped that he would succeed in removing the obstacles standing in way of promoting mutual relations, namely with regards to terrorism, terrorists and circumstances witnessed in the region. He also hoped for a new page in bilateral relations, in line with Iraq's new policy which stipulates opening up to the world at large, especially Lebanon.
Responding to a question over combating terrorism, Maliki expressed optimism that "Iraq shall become Daesh's burial place," adding that "whenever we think of ending Daesh in Iraq, we ought to think of ending it in Syria as well." He stressed that the whole world should join efforts in combating terrorism.
Greeting al-Maliki and his accompanying delegation at Beirut International Airport were: State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Mohamad Fneish; Members of the "Loyalty to the Resistance" Parliamentary Bloc, Deputies Hassan Fadlallah and Bilal Farhat; "Development and Liberation" Bloc Member, Deputy Ali Bazzi; Hizbollah Secretary General's Representative, Sheikh Mohamad Kawtharani; South Council Head, Kabalan Kabalan, and Iraqi Ambassador to Beirut, Raad Allousi.