Top Iraqi official discusses security cooperation in Iran

Iraq's Shi'ite vice president discussed security cooperation with Iranian officials during a previously unannounced visit to Iran, the government said Thursday. The two-day visit by Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi was private, according to the government press office. Nevertheless, he met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, newly elected parliament speaker Ali Larijani and top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili to discuss "security matters," the government statement said. The statement said the visit took place during the last two days.