Get the latest updates as we post them — right on your browser

. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zyuganov to Visit Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov is expected in Baghdad for a short visit Thursday, the official Iraqi news agency INA reported.

Zyuganov is due to meet the speaker of the Iraqi National Assembly, Saadun Hammadi, before taking part in a conference on the work of the parliament in Russia, INA said.

On Thursday the Iraqi press quoted Zyuganov as telling Russian television that he wanted to "strengthen cooperation between Iraq and Russia."

Moscow is involved in intense diplomatic efforts within the UN Security Council to encourage lifting the embargo imposed on Baghdad after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait.