Iran, Iraq Vow to Broaden Security Cooperation
TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Akbar Ahmadian and his Iraqi counterpart Qassim al-Araji in a meeting in Tehran on Monday underlined the need to broaden cooperation in security fields.
During the meeting in the Iranian capital today, Ahmadian and al-Araji explored avenues for bolstering and reinvigorating bilateral relations, specially in security area.
During the meeting, Ahmadian said that the recent security agreement signed between Iran and Iraq is the result of months of the two sides’ negotiations and joint efforts, as well as a roadmap for establishing stable security at the borders.
He described religious and civilizational commonalities between Iran and Iraq as a guarantee for deep relations.
Ahmadian stressed the fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported governments based on people’s determination.
"We expect the Iraqi government to guarantee the security of the common borders with Iran as soon as possible, within the framework of the agreement and by ending the presence of anti-revolution elements in the country," he stated.
Al-Araji, for his part, said that the Iraqi government and the national security body are determined to interact with Iran in all fields.
He emphasized Iraq’s commitment to the recent agreement with Iran.
In relevant remarks in late April, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi underlined Iran and Iraq's determination to develop relations in various fields, saying, "Our relations are not typical, but rather special and strategic."
Speaking in a meering with Iraqi president on Saturday, the Iranian president further added that the level of Iran's trade with Iraq is more than ten billion dollars in worth, but it can be improved if Tehran and Baghdad agree on it.
The Iranian president also voiced hope that his Iraqi counterpart's visit to Tehran would be “a turning point” in the enhancement of relations between the two countries.