Iran, Iraq Vow to Broaden Bilateral Ties
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian and his Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein in a telephone conversation underlined the need to expand mutual cooperation in different fields.
During the phone conversation on THursday night, Amir Abdollahian and Hussein explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral relation in various areas.
Amir Abdollahian appreciated the Iraqi foreign minister for his efforts to help organize the recent Hajj pilgrimage for Iranian pilgrims.
The Iranian foreign minister, meantime, touched on the bushfires in Southern Iraq due to the extreme heat and drought in the region, and reiterated, "Unfortunately, the smoke caused by the fires in Iraq has seriously affected the residential areas of Dasht-e Azadegan in Khuzestan Province (in Iran)."
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready for joint cooperation to immediately contain the fire," he added.
The Iraqi foreign minister, for his part, voiced the Iraqi government’s readiness and agreement for a joint measure by both countries to bring the fires in the Iraqi territory under control through coordination between border commissions.
In the phone call, both sides held consultations over the latest developments in the ongoing talks on removal of sanctions in the Austrian capital of Vienna between Iran and the world powers.
Tehran and Baghdad have grown exchane of visits by officials to speed up expansion of relations in recent months.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi was in Tehran in June, where he said during a joint press conference with Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi that during his talks with Iranian officials, the two sides discussed bilateral historical, cultural, and religious relations.
He added Baghdad attaches great importance to its relations with Tehran on the basis of common interests.
Al-Kadhimi noted that Iran and Iraq agreed to make further efforts to serve their nations’ interests and boost trade ties. The PM stated Iran and Iraq also agreed to set a timetable to facilitate the huge annual Arbaeen procession.
Highlighting the importance of relations between Iran and Iraq and the role played by the two countries in regional developments, Rayeesi said, “We stood by people of Iraq when the country was going through dire straits and will continue to stick together. This friendship and relations will never go cold and will further develop on a daily basis. There is no doubt that the visit by Mr. Kadhimi and his accompanying delegation can be a turning point in development of relations between the two countries."
He noted that during his meeting with Kadhimi they discussed the existing relations among regional countries, adding, “We believe that dialog among regional countries can solve regional problems, [but] the presence of foreigners in the region only creates more problems and does not help solve those problems.”