Iraq is interested in purchasing small arms from the Czech Republic, according to the weapons manufacturer Česká zbrojovka. The company’s sales manager told the Czech Press Agency on Thursday that the recent Iraqi delegation to the Czech Republic, which was headed by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, showed interest in the company’s rifles, submachine guns and pistols. Iraqi representatives are also negotiating a gun servicing and training centre with the company. The main point of Maliki´s visit to Prague was to arrange the purchase of 28 Czech-made L-159 combat aircraft worth about one billion dollars. That contract has yet to be approved by the Iraqi government.