Speaking in a telephone conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi on August 1, Rouhani said, "with the will, determination and serious efforts seen in the senior officials of Tehran and Baghdad, the two sides will be able to solve all the problems and difficulties facing the development of bilateral relations,” Mehr News Agency (MNA) reported.
President Rouhani congratulated Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice) to the Iraqi PM and described his visit to Tehran on July 21 as constructive.
"The visit and the concluded agreements are positive developments and will create a step forward in the relations between the two countries,” said the president.
Referring to the beginning of construction operation of a railway route between Iran and Iraq, President Rouhani said, “that will be a hope for the two nations and a beginning for creating a new and serious momentum in the further development of bilateral interactions.”
Iran welcomes Iraq’s playing a leading role in the sensitive situation in the region, he said, adding, "of course, unfortunately, the United States is showing the wrong sign and message by trying to hatch a new conspiracy against Iran and harassing our passenger plane.”
Meanwhile, the Iraqi prime minister congratulated Eid al-Adha to the government and people of Iran, noting, "Bilateral relations can be quickly upgraded to an excellent level, thanks to your support and the serious and sincere cooperation of the officials of the two countries.”
Kadhimi added Iran-Iraq boosted relations can help the two capitals “establish a new constructive and positive cooperation and interaction.”
He further stated that immediately after returning from the visit to Iran, he formed committees with the responsibility of the relevant ministers to activate the agreements and implement joint projects, adding, "the Iraqi authorities are determined to remove all obstacles and problems on the path of the development of relations with Iran and we are interested in starting the activity of the Iran-Iraq railway project as soon as possible as a symbol and model for the development of relations between the two countries.”
Al-Kadhimi also said, "Iraq's key policy is to reduce tensions and increase stability in the region, and we seek to play a positive role in this regard with the cooperation and support of our brothers in Iran.”