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2022-June-27  11:12

PM: Iraq Attaches Great Importance to Ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi underlined Baghdad's determination to further expand relations and cooperation with Iran as a priority of his country's foreign policy.

Al-Kadhimi made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Tehran on Sunday afternoon.

He ensured the Iranian foreign minister that Baghdad will continue its efforts to strengthen regional dialogue and cooperation.

Al-Kadhimi said that the role and status of the Islamic Republic of Iran in regional developments are quite close to Iraq’s.

He said that Baghdad attaches great importance to its relations with Tehran, and will continue its regional mediation role.

Amir Abdollahian, for his part, told Al-Kadhimi that Iran is a well-wisher of the regional countries, and supports Baghdad’s constructive efforts to strengthen dialogue in regional equations.

He also referred to the ongoing ceasefire in Yemen, and voiced Iran’s support for its continuation and the end of the inhumane siege of the Yemeni nation.

Amir Abdollahian said that the solution to the regional crises is to be sought inside the region.

He appreciated Iraq’s constructive efforts aimed at strengthening the dialogue factor in regional equations, particularly in the process of Iran-Saudi dialogues.

Amir Abdollahian said that the Islamic Republic of Iran is a well-wisher of the entire regional nations, and supports reopening of the two countries’ embassies.

The foreign minister also referred to Iran’s abundant commonalities with Egypt, arguing that strengthening Tehran-Cairo relations, too, is to the benefit of the region and the Islamic world.

The two sides also reviewed the latest regional developments and exchanged views on bilateral ties and issues of mutual interest.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Mohammad Kazem Al-e Sadeq were also present in the meeting.

Iran and Iraq have improved relations after the collapse of former dictator Saddam’s regime.

Amir Abdollahian and Iraqi Interior Minister Othman al-Ghanimi in a meeting in Tehran last Tuesday underlined the need for increased cooperation to maintain security and stability in the region.

"Today, I met with the Minister of Interior of the Republic of Iraq, Mr. Othman Al-Ghanimi," Amir Abdollahian wrote on his twitter page.

He added that they had discussed ways to further develop and strengthen relations between Iran and Iraq.

The need for cooperation to maintain stability and security, including in the fight against terrorism, curbing dust storms, and facilitating the travel of Iranians during the Arbaeen pilgrimage were other topics discussed between the two sides, Amir Abdollahian said.