This week, the Paralympic Committees of Iran and Iraq met and drafted a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations related to sharing technical staff, facilities, and mutual support for athletes. The meeting took place at the offices of the Iran Paralympic Committee.
The two countries have a long and complicated history, including a war with each other during the 1980s. More recently, Iranians have allegedly been involved stirring up problems domestically inside Iraq. Despite this, Iran and Iraq have become mutually important trading partners, with the level of trade between the two estimated at over US$13 billion last year.
Iran is a regional leader in the Middle East in Paralympic sport, with 114 all time Paralympic medals. In contrast, Kuwait has 42, Turkey only has 14 medals, the United Arab Emirates has 9, Iraq has 8, Jordan has 8, Bahrain has 7, Palestine has 3, Saudi Arabia has 3, Lebanon has 2, Syria has 1, Oman and Yemen have 0. Israel is the best in region with 380, while Egypt leads in the Arab world with 143 total medals.